In the Loop
Whether looking, buying or selling, Maui’s craft fairs are maika‘i
On almost any given day, you can find artisans and crafters displaying their work at a multitude of weekly fairs, festivals and markets dedicated to the promotion of “Maui made” products — from handcrafted jewelry and wood sculptures to soaps, fragrances and handmade hats and baskets fashioned from palm frond and coconut leaf.
Some of the more popular weekly or monthly events where you’ll find a wealth of organically created items for sale include Maui Swap Meet, which takes place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the harbor side of the UH-MC parking lot in Kahului; Maui Gift & Craft Fair, which sets up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday at Lahaina Gateway; Aloha Friday and Aloha Tuesday craft fairs from 9 am. to 4 p.m. on Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas’ south beach front lawn; and Upcountry Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays next to Longs Drugs. Monthly offerings include Maui Made Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (next one is Sept. 1).
Among the largest annual craft fairs are Seabury Hall Craft Fair, which draws people from across the island in early May, and the upcoming 96th annual Maui Fair (Oct. 4-7), where the Hobbies and Crafts Exhibit will be abuzz with vendors displaying the fruits of their creative labor. Visit www.mauifair.com for more information.
In Paia, the Maui Crafts Guild is a consortium of artists and craftspeople who present their work in a communal setting where the artists also double as storekeepers. The Guild is currently accepting new members. Applications are available at www.mauicraftsguild.com.
If you’re not quite ready to peddle your artistic wares, you might consider taking classes at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao. The nonprofit art estate offers myriad instruction in everything from pottery, printmaking and painting to jewelry fabrication and gold leaf and illumination. Check out the schedule of available classes at www.huinoeau.com.