Made in Hawaii Festival – Get Your Unique Island Treasures and Goodies

By Andy Beth Miller

Kehaulani Nielson, owner of Kahulale’a, and her Tokyo story Clutch. Made in Hawaii Festival at Blaisdell Center. Photo: Craig T. Kojima.

The Made in Hawaii Festival honors and features all things Hawaiiana — island made and island proud. This year will mark the annual event’s 23rd installment and promises to be a festive time of food, fun, and community fellowship.

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Hosted by the Hawaii Food Industry Association, and made possible by the generosity of its sponsors First Hawaiian Bank, the Made in Hawaii Festival is a dazzling 3-day showcase of nearly 400 exhibitors, each presenting a smorgasbord of items unique to and produced in Hawaii. Attendees of this exciting event, which will be held August 18-20 (Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, can look forward to introductions to a wide range of Hawaii-made merchandise, including homegrown edible items, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more.

Don’t Miss the Live Cooking Demonstrations and Music

Also to be enjoyed are live cooking demonstrations and entertainment by local island celebrities, the cream of the crop when it comes to both local cuisine and music! A few recognized names that will lend their names and incredible talents within the culinary realm include but are not limited to: Executive Chef Collin Hazama of Royal Hawaiian; Chef Ray German of Fish House at Four Seasons Resort Oahu; Executive Chef Russell Siu of 3660 On The Rise; Executive Chef Marc Freiberg of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus; Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café.

Not to be outdone are the locals who literally rock the stage when it comes to musical entertainment at the Made in Hawaii Festival. Representing the best of the melodic mele include such talents as Blayne Asinga, Maunalua, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Chad Takatsugi, Waimanalo Sunset Band and more. And should you find yourself in need of a little laughter therapy? The hilarious Hawaii favorite Frank DeLima will be bringing giggles and smiles in ready supply.

See You There!

Joe Nehl, right, of Koa Creations by Uncle Joe, at the Made in Hawaii Festival. Photo: Craig T. Kojima.

With an entire weekend of ʻono treats, island entertainment and more than ample aloha to bless your heart, there’s just no reason not to join in the party! We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com or www.hawaii.com/event/made-in-hawaii-festival.

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