The 3-day Made in Hawaii is Hawaii’s premier showcase of locally crafted, manufactured and grown products, and an opportunity to support local business by “buying Hawaii, giving aloha.” The Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena are filled with over 400 vendors from around the state offering everything from apparel and accessories to bath and beauty products, handicrafts and traditional Hawaiian crafts, home furnishings, food products, fine art and a whole lot more.
One of the vendors is Inoke Pomale, owner of Male’s Finest Bone Carving. This fourth generation carver has been practicing this art since he was a child, and says one day he hopes to describe himself as a master carver like his father.
“It is a learning process, and I love doing it. I’m hoping someday my son will follow in my footsteps like how I did with my father and my grandfather,” says Pomale, who uses a variety of bones and shells to work with.
“The most popular bone is bison and cow. It’s easy to get, but fossilized bone like mammoth, walrus, and whale are harder to get,” he adds. Male’s Fine Bone Carving booth will be in the Blaisdell Center’s Pikake Room, as part of the Hawaii Culture and Retail Association’s “festival within the festival,” made up of about a dozen HCRA member booths.
The 2015 Made in Hawaii Festival is open Friday to Sunday, August 21-23 (Friday & Saturday- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Neal Blaisdell Arena and Exhibition Hall. Tickets are $5. First Hawaiian Bank’s Oahu branches are giving out $1 off coupons, while supplies last. More at MadeInHawaiiFestival.com.