Black Friday can be a nightmare. Overcrowded parking lots and shopping centers, self-entitled shoppers hustling over the final item of that hot mass-produced gift. You might be scoring a monetary deal, but at what jolly cost?
Local holiday craft fairs, on the other hand, are more like a dream. Community inspired set-ups, friendly artisans creating quality one-of-kind products. It’s stocking stuffer bliss!
From the conventional to the quirky, here’s a collection of the best holiday craft fairs on the island–where you can find that special something for that special someone.
25th Islandwise Christmas Crafts and Food Expo Featuring 400 exhibitors selling gift items from handmade Christmas ornaments to jewelry, clothing and Hawaiian artworks. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Pikake Room: Fri., 11/25–Sun., 11/27 $3–$4. 623-4050
7th Annual Hawaii Kai Holiday Festival Showcasing fresh local fruits, vegetables and seasonal produce, prepared food items, one-of-a-kind made-in-Hawaii and specialty gift items, entertainment and prize giveaways. Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, 428 Kawaihae St.: Sun., 12/4, (10am–3pm)
8th Annual Season’s Best ‘Aiea Craft & Gift Fair More than 150 booths catering to central Oahu. ‘Aiea Elementary School, 99-370 Moanalua Rd.: Sat., 12/10, (8am–2pm) 683-6064
A Christmas Fantasy Arts and crafts sale by students and community members. Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College: Thu., 12/1–Sun., 12/4, (10am–6pm) 235-1218
Artisan Craft Fair by the Beach Featuring orchids, jellies, handcrafted jewelry, eco-friendly items and clothing. Kalama Beach Club, 280 N. Kalaheo Ave.: Sat., 12/3, (10am–4pm) [email: kalamabeachclub], 262-5995
Black Friday at Art + Flea Vintage DIY, art, music and more at this special holiday craft fair. Youthful, quirky and vibrant, score lots of one-of-kind gifts to wrap up for any occasion. Fresh Café, 831 Queen St.: Fri., 11/25, (5–11pm) $2. [artandflea.com]
Christmas Artfest Nearly 100 artists and artisans congregate in the greenest patch in the Ward area. Thomas Square, Ward Ave. between King & Beretania Sts.: Sat., 12/10 and Sun., 12/11, (9am–4pm)
Christmas in Honolulu Merri Kurisumasu! Shoppers find a wealth of gifts–jewelry, Asian inspired clothing, “dragon” themed t-shirts, home decorations, soup mixes, mochi, flavored puff rice, purses, accessories and more. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Manoa Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania St.: Tue., 11/29, (5–8:30pm) [jcch.com], 734-3693
Hawaii Okinawa Center Winter Craft Fair Over 160 crafters for you to shop through with entertainment, food, artists, silent auction and collection for Hawaii’s Foodbank. Hawaii Okinawa Center, Waipio Gentry Business Park, 94-587 Ukee St.: Sat., 11/26 (9am–3pm) and Sun., 11/27 (9am–2pm) Free admission. Early entry with $5 donation.
On a Holiday Mission Fair A day on the historic grounds of the homes of the first missionaries in Hawaii featuring entertainment, food and a wide array of locally made fine art, jewelry, quilts, ceramics, woodcarvings, clothing and more. Mission Houses Museum, 553 S. King St.: Sat., 11/26, (8am–3pm) [missionhouses.org], 531-0481
Holiday Faire Annual benefit for Koganji Temple featuring homemade sweet and savory goodies, Koganji signature sauces and herb teas, jams and jellies, stocking stuffers and plants. Koganji Temple, 2869 Oahu Ave: Sat., 12/10, (9am–3pm) 988-7214
Honolulu Printmakers Impressions Benefit Print Sale Featuring original etchings, litographs, screen prints and woodcuts by Hawaii artists. Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St.: Fri., 11/25 (10am–7pm), Sat., 11/26 (10am–4:30pm), Sun., 11/27 (1–4:30pm) 536-5507
Christmas in Manoa A wide selection of handcrafted gifts from local artisans. Waioli Tea Room, 2950 Manoa Rd.: Sat., 12/3, (9am–1pm) 524-9594
Moanalua High School Winter Craft Fair A melody of crafted goods organized by the Moanalua High School Music Booster Association. Moanalua High School, 2825 Ilima St.: Sat., 12/10, (9am–3pm) [mohsmusic.com], 738-5088
Season’s Best Kaimuki Craft & Gift Fair Find quaint goods from more than 150 booths within this cute little neighborhood. Aliiolani School, 6th and Waialae: Sat., 12/3, (8am–2pm) 683-6064
Season’s Holiday Fair Original handmade gift items, jewelry, blown glass, kimono scarves, country ornaments, dolls, pins, cookies and senbei, handbags, totes and accessories. Waioli Tea Room, Ginger Room, 2950 Manoa Road: Sat., 12/10, (10am–2pm) 216-1858
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show Hawaii’s only strictly vintage collectible and antiques show and sale with 91 tables and vendors from the Mainland, outer Islands and Oahu. Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave.: Sun., 12/4, (10am–4:30pm) General admission $4. Early entry at 9am $15.
Windward Holiday Craft Fair and “Taste of Castle” This benefit for Project Grad features handmade jewelry, t-shirts, quilts, decorative flags, personalized embroidered items, ceramics, pillows, bath and body products, Hawaiian motif items and packaged foods. Castle High School, 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr.: Sat., 12/3, (10am–4pm) 233-5600