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Made in Hawaiʻi Festival is Back with 300 Exhibitors at Ala Moana Center on O’ahu

October 25, 2021, 11:07 AM HST
* Updated October 25, 11:09 AM
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The Made in Hawaiʻi Festival is back, with 300 exhibitors at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu over Veteran’s Day Weekend.

The Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, the state’s longest-running showcase of products at 27 years, will return over Veteranʻs Day Weekend at a new location, the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.

About 300 exhibitors will showcase thousands of locally-made products — including food, books, fashion, homemade crafts, jewelry and more — at the covered, open-air, fourth level Mauka Ewa parking structure at the Ala Moana Center.

The event, presented by Central Pacific Bank Foundation and Mahi Pono, runs Nov. 11-13 (Thursday through Saturday) from 10 am – 9 pm and Nov. 14 (Sunday) from 10 am – 5 pm.  

For a limited time, discounted early bird rate tickets for the festival are available now for only $13 (parking will be free at Ala Moana Center) and can be purchased at www.MadeinHawaiiFestival.com. Tickets at the door starting Nov. 11 will be $15.  

The Made in Hawaiʻi Festival will operate under the category of a pop-up retail event, which is allowed under the City & County of Honolulu’s latest COVID-19 mandates. The festival is following publich health and safety protocols, with the open-air environment and extra wide aisles in the exhibition area.

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All attendees 12 and up will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken 48-hours prior to attendance to the festival. Sanitizing mist at the entrance of the festival area will provide an extra layer of safety, and once in the festival all attendees will be required to wear a facemask at all times. Capacity will be managed by timed admissions, with 500 attendees being allowed to enter every half hour. Each admission also has a 2-hour time limit to shop. 

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“Our local businesses have shown remarkable perseverance over the last year, so we are thrilled to welcome them back to the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival with new safety protocols to make this year’s shopping experience even more enjoyable than before,” said Lauren Zirbel, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Food Industry Association, which produces the festival. “It is more important than ever to shop local; and we are confident that both first-time and return attendees will be delighted to find the best the islands have to offer, all in one location at the festival.” 

The festival will feature artisan products from past favorites, including Absolute Aloha, Ahualoa Farms, Aloha Edibles, Aloha Revolution, Anela’s Jade, Bernie’s Basics, Hana Nai‘a, Hawaiʻi Pantry, Hawaiʻi’s Heritage Jewelers, Koa by Keoho, Kulua LLC, Lau Lau Woodworks, Orchid Isle Snacks, Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salt,  Som’ Good Seasonings LLC, Upcycle Hawaiʻi LLC and Workshop 28.  

In celebration of the 2021 festival, Hawaiʻi residents and visitors have the opportunity to win two grand prize giveaways courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines – the official airline of the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival. Now through Oct. 30, the public can enter to win a trip to attend the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival including 160,000 Hawaiian Miles, two tickets to the festival and a two-night stay in a one-bedroom ocean view suite at the Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra located just steps away from the festival area. In addition, all who attend the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival will automatically be entered to win a prize of 160,000 Hawaiian Miles.  

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For those unable to attend the festival in person, Made in Hawaiʻi Festival’s online marketplace, a curated selection of Made in Hawaiʻi Festival vendors, provides access to hundreds of goods and products from local businesses like Akaka Falls Farm, Bliss Soaps Hawaiʻi, Flotsam & Co., Hawaiian Drift, Laupahoehoe Graphics, Lehua Jewelers, Mark Kane Designs, Maui Fruit Jewels, Niele Kiele, Polynesian Canoes, Tehotu Mana Creations LLC, Tradition Coffee Roasters and more.  

The Made in Hawaii Festival also is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation, Innovate Hawaii, Matson and Shopify. 

For more information on the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival presented by Central Pacific Bank Foundation and Mahi Pono, and to purchase tickets visit www.MadeinHawaiiFestival.com.  

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