July 11, 2017
See you at the Hale’iwa Arts Festival!
Where will you be July 15-16, 2017? If you’re cool, and we know you are, you will be at the 20th Annual Hale’iwa Arts Festival at Hale’iwa Beach Park in Historic Hale’iwa Town. Experience more than 140 artisans, including Lane Tanner Designs, live entertainment, and of course delicious local food.
Why We Love the Festival
As local artists, we love the outreach and support we receive as part of this event. As they say in their mission statement, “The purpose of the Hale’iwa Arts Festival non-profit organization is to promote education and public awareness of arts and culture, with emphasis on participation, for the betterment of the community.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Not only is it an opportunity for us to share our handmade jewelry, it’s an opportunity to meet other artisans and connect with people we may not otherwise meet. Those connections are what makes living here special.
Before my husband and I moved to Hawaii, there was a movement to bring artists together to share experiences and to engage the community of Hawaiians and visitors. Known as the North Shore Arts Organization, it began in 1997 when a group of folks decided to make their association an organized entity. They applied and received non-profit status in 1999, just one year after the first Hale’iwa Arts Festival. The tradition continues to grow with the addition of food vendors and live music.
Why Buy Local
When you support the festival, you’re supporting your neighbors and friends, people who have a side gig as an artisan or those like me who are blessed to create full-time alongside a talented team. In addition to adding original art and jewelry to your collections (and who doesn’t love that!), you’re keeping money in Hawaii. For every dollar spent with a local vendor, $.68 stays in Hawaii as opposed to $.43 of every dollar spent with a business based outside the State.
If that’s not enough of a reason to visit the Hale’iwa Arts Festival, then come for the live entertainment and stay for the food and art! See you in July!
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