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Dreary weather doesn’t dampen craft fair in Po‘ipu

Rain was falling on parts of Kaua‘i on Sunday due to the unpredictable passage of a low pressure weather system riding the jet stream north of the island.

But there was none of that in Kukui‘ula, where The Beach House restaurant hosted its monthly craft fair on the lawn and back lanai portion of the eatery.

“How appropriate,” said Darleen Lott of Pouring Kaua‘i, one of the 40 vendors participating in the craft fair. “We pour resin to create our resin art. We’ll also be participating Sunday when The Pineapple House in Hanama‘ulu hosts its opening in the afternoon, featuring three bands.”

Edwin Vea, the craft fair coordinator, said traffic through the event geared to help others was good despite the heavy overcast sky that was not a deterrent for people to come to the beach.

“I can see the sweet bread table,” Vea said. “He’s already sold out. I told him to make 100 loaves, but I found out he only made 40.”

He mentioned the Waimea Alumni and Friends Foundation pancake breakfast on Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. at Waimea High School cafeteria, as a fundraiser for WAFF that uses the funds for scholarships and other items the school needs.

Russ Hasegawa, of WAFF, said the pancake breakfast is three things going on at once, and is not part of the daylong community health fair that will also take place on the Waimea High School campus.

“We have the pancake breakfast that will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and some of the ladies creating other things like miso soup,” Hasegawa said. “These are either eat-in or take-out. And, outside, we’ll have a plant sale — this is new for us this year — and on the inside of the cafeteria, we’ll have a silent auction. We say we end at 10 a.m., but depending on how things go, we might be there later.”

Presale tickets are sold out, Hasegawa said. “Walk-ins on Saturday are welcome,” he said.

“I just bought this vase from Jaiden Sams, of Lawa‘i Valley Woodwork,” said Vea. “He’s a graduate of Waimea High School, and been with us at the craft fair for more than a year. He’s a picture of a young entrepreneur.”

A few tents down the oceanside setting, Waimea High School baseball players Niko Yamauchi and Nobu Yamauchi were fielding shoppers at the Meli Wrap tent.

“They’re just helping the lady. We saw her come in this morning and unloading everything by herself because her husband couldn’t come,” said Shandi Yamauchi, the boys’ mother.

“Then, after the fair started, she got a phone call telling her that her father had to go to the hospital in Los Angeles. He wasn’t doing so well, so she needed to get to the hospital. But her husband can’t come, so Niko and Nobu are helping with her tent until her husband can come at the end to dismantle everything.”

Vea said the next Beach House Craft Fair will be April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the restaurant across Lawa‘i Road from the Lawa‘i Beach Resort.
Source: The Garden Island

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