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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 3, 2005

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Among the recent finds at craft fairs around town: Graphically bold T-shirts by Out of Hand, from Hilo, which also will be at the Pacific Handcrafters Guild Winter Festival this weekend ...

Photos by JEFF WIDENER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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... colorful ceramic mushrooms and lilies (and other flora), by Kirk Ziegler, can decorate a garden or a spruce up a house plant ...

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... a tea cup by ceramic artist Marie Kodama ...

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... an Indonesian glass bead necklace from the World Art Bazaar.

Photos by JEFF WIDENER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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A $4 tea cup, a $49 glass bead necklace ... craft fairs can be all things to all gift givers during the holiday season.

Now that Christmas is but 21 shopping days away, those in search of unusual or handmade items are shifting into high gear. Luckily for them, it's craft fair a-go-go this weekend and beyond. Admission to all events listed below is free.


One of the biggest concentrations of craft fairs and other crowd pleasers will be in the center of town, clustered in and around Thomas Square.

The Pacific Handcrafters Guild Winter Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow at the park. In years past, this was the predominant fair of the season for quality and quantity of goods. These days, the quantity of artists has declined, but the quality is still up there, with ceramics, jewelry, clothing, wood crafts and more. There's entertainment and food booths, too.

Across the street, on the lawn near the Blaisdell Concert Hall, there's more food, clothing, jewelry and other gift items at the McKinley Band Boosters Craft Fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and the more family-centered A Family A-Fair at the same hours tomorrow.

And it's a big weekend for the Honolulu Academy of Arts, which offers its annual World Art Bazaar in the Academy Art Center at Linekona. Look for clothing, art and home decor pieces, ornaments and more from around the globe. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Tuesday through Dec. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 11.

"Impressions," the Honolulu Printmakers' studio sale of etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and monotypes, also is at Linekona, from 1 to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow.

One last big event at the museum isn't a craft fair at all, but a chance to check out the renovated and newly designed Western art galleries. The free open house is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.


  • Give the gift of greenery from the Foster Botanical Garden holiday fair, which offers plants, sweets and spices. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the garden, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd.

  • At The ARTS at Marks Garage downtown, there's the defiantly named "Elves Can't Make This Stuff" boutique of gift items, even "experimental products," they claim. A must to check out. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Dec. 22.

  • The Seasons Best craft fairs are always packed with vendors. Today's, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ali'iolani School in Kaimuki, also hosts a bone-marrow drive in booths 19 and 20.

  • Very special gifts can be found at the art sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 2790 Kahaloa Drive, Manoa. Ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints and collectibles are offered by Vicky Chock, Kay Mura, Jo Rowley, Donna Shimazu, Esther Shimazu, Cora Yee and The Advertiser's own Beverly Creamer.


    Big craft fairs in the coming days include:

  • Christmas in Honolulu: An Evening Affaire, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Manoa Grand Ballroom of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. Parking is $3 with validation.

  • Moanalua Music Boosters Winter Craft Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 on the school campus.

  • Save the Best for Last Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at Mililani Uka Elementary School and Kuahelani Park.