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Made in Hawaii Festival this weekend near Waikiki
Posted by Unknown | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tomorrow is the first day of the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell Center at 777 Ward Avenue in Honolulu near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals.

The doors open at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and I recommend going early because this is one of Hawaii's favorite family friendly festivals.  We locals wait all year for this event so we can stock up on gifts for the upcoming holidays and for birthdays throughout the year.  Vendors come from all the islands to sell their unique items including produce, plants, fashion, packaged and freshly prepared food, books, crafts, art, carved wood items, furniture, lotions, soaps, cosmetics, jewelry, and much more!  I have my personal favorites such as the Kona Coffee booths from the Big Island and the locally grown chocolate booths.  I always find the booth selling notepads with faint photos of Hawaiian flowers on them.  They sell all sizes of notepads and pens for $1.00 each and they are great little items to send to friends to remind them of the islands.  Next I stock up on the salad dressings, marinades, and Hawaiian flavored salts and sugars.  Your friends back home will absolutely be in love with anything from this festival!
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I'm also planning to pick up some tips at the live cooking demonstrations from Hawaii's top chefs including the Executive chefs from Roy's Restaurant, the Moana surfrider Hotel and the Halekulani hotel.  Then listen to the comedy of local favorite Frank Delima on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  They will be having live entertainment including Grammy nominated slack key guitarist Makana.  His music was featured in the movie "The Descendants" and he will be on stage at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

Saturday's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entry is $5.00 for adults but children 6 and under are free.  There are $1.00 off coupons at First Hawaiian Bank located at the corner of Lewers Street and Kalakaua in Waikiki
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If you are coming by car there is parking at the Blaisdell Center or at McKinley High School.  The bus route #2 or #13 will bring you there from stops on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki for $2.50 or take the FREE trolley courtesy of Hilo Hattie stores.  The trolley picks up in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Kalakaua Avenue which is across the street from our vacation rental units at the Foster Tower, the Seashore, and the Pacific Monarch.  There is also a trolley stop in front of the US Army Museum on Kalia Road, next to our vacation rental unit at the Waikiki Shore, and another stop at the Ilikai Hotel if you are staying in our vacation rentals there, next door at the Ilikai Marina, or at the Waikiki Marina.  There's a million different reasons to go check it out.  See you there!

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