Find one-of-a-kind gifts at island arts and crafts fairs

One of the ways to beat merchandise shipping delays and the recent Amazon Web Services outage is by heading to island arts and crafts fairs. After a glum 2020 holiday season, retail entrepreneurs are ready to welcome holiday shoppers. Here’s a list of upcoming arts and crafts fairs marking the last two weekends before Christmas.

Oahu

Dec. 10-11: Mahalo I Kau Kumu Holiday Gift Fair & School Supply Drive for Teachers at Ka Makana Alii, 3-8 p.m. Friday and noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Shop for gifts from local artisans and give back to the community at the same time by dropping off school supplies to be distributed to Hawaii teachers.

Dec. 11, 18: Koko Marina Center Craft Fair, Sidewalk Sale & Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring over 60 vendors, direct sellers and resellers. 

Dec. 11-12, 18-19: Omiyage Market & Gifts presents the OMG Holiday Fair with food and craft vendors at Waimalu Shopping Center, 1-5 p.m., between Waimalu Chop Suey and Chun Wah Kam.

Dec. 11-12, 18-19: Holiday Market & More + Aloha Pet Fair at Ward Village next to Nordstrom Rack, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop in air-conditioned comfort; (well-behaved) pets are welcome too.

Dec. 12, 19: Aloha Home Market’s Holiday Market in Kailua, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Shop small and buy local; featuring furniture makers, jewelry artists, clothing designers, food vendors and more. The event is pet-friendly too. 340 Uluniu St., Kailua.

Dec. 17-23: Holiday Pop-Up Shop in the former Toys R Us space near Down to Earth at Pearlridge Center. More than 25 vendors offering apparel, books, candies, handmade crafts and more. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Friday and Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Dec. 18: Happy Holidays Market at the Waialua Community Association in Haleiwa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This Malama Hawaii Makers Market is a pop-up marketplace featuring a curated collection of premier local artists, makers, designers, collectors, food vendors and more. 66-434 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa.

Dec. 19: Aloha Stadium Craft and Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Find lots of made-in-Hawaii products, clothing, skincare products, packaged snacks, stationery, local foods and more. 

Maui

Dec. 12, 19, 26: Maui Gift and Craft Fair at Lahaina Gateway (held every Sunday), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Find photography, jewelry, fine art, crafts and more from more than 50 local Maui artists and vendors, plus keiki activities, food and refreshments. 

Hawaii Island

Dec. 11-12: Kilauea Lodge’s Arts & Crafts Holiday Spotlight at Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This weekend event features a local artist and/or crafter.

Kauai

Dec. 12: Princeville Artist & Flea Market at the Princeville Community Center, 3-7 p.m. This event takes place every second Sunday of the month and features art, vintage apparel, accessories, home goods, health products, workshops, a keiki zone, entertainment, food and more. 4334 Emmalani Dr., Princeville.

Dec. 18: Waipa Christmas Craft Fair at Waipa Foundation, noon-4 p.m. Handcrafted products from local artisans, plus food vendors. On the mauka side of the highway near the farmers market field and community buildings. 5-5785 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei.