Made In Hawaii Festival to feature over 400 local vendors this weekend

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 studio of sticks and stones, co-owned by Jennifer and Scott Manley.

Salvaged local and exotic woods- award winning koa and ebony hairsticks, Norfolk Island pine lathe- turned lamps, wall hanging oil burning lamps.  Custom made jewelry

Hand engraved, polished and hand chiseled art on to 1927 roofing shingles from Kawaiaha’o Church.  Including petroglyphs, specializing in architectural renderings of historical buildings, structures and monuments, seascapes and landscapes

First Hawaiian Bank presents the 21st annual Made in Hawaii Festival, a 3-day showcase of “Made in Hawaii” products and entertainment.

Produced by the Hawaii Food Industry Association and sponsored since its inception by First Hawaiian Bank, the Made in Hawaii Festival features nearly 400 exhibitors who showcase food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and many more home-grown products from around the 50th State.

Festival-goers enjoy musical and culinary entertainment throughout festival as Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners bring their talent to the entertainment stage and Hawaii’s Hale Aina Award winning chefs heat up the Arena stage with cooking demonstrations and tasty samples.

Jennifer’s “hanai” father Jackie Wilson introduced her to woodworking in Punalu’u twenty years ago.  She became proficient in producing hairsticks and won first place in the Hawaii Wood show in 2000.  Scott’s parents suggested working with slate as a means to keep busy while his broken leg healed.   Both started out in tents and garages and now own their property on the Big Island with plans approved for their own 1,200 sq. ft. shop.  What started out as a simple way to enjoy creating art and generating an income has now progressed to a number of accounts across the state.  Commissions and recipients include:  The Triple Crown of Surfing, World Cup of Tow-In Surfing, Senator Dan Akaka, Melissa Rivers, President of Tahiti.

What kind of materials are used and how is the work fabricated? Most of our materials are salvaged from home owners looking to clear the trees around their homes or interior remodels.  We go in and do the chain sawing and clearing or the demo of their flooring.  In exchange we receive the materials and repurpose them into artwork.

What plans do you have for the future? Interactive art where the client or public will actually be able to physically embrace the work.  Creating a destination where people can visit our location and get a one on one of the complete process involved in production.

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.

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