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Official Merrie Monarch Arts & Crafts Fair Returns

April 13, 2022, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated April 13, 11:11 AM
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An event in conjunction with the Merrie Monarch Festival that showcases and supports Hawai‘i artisans and creators while celebrating hula and Hawaiian culture returns this year and is welcoming everyone back in person.

The Merrie Monarch Arts & Crafts Fair is set for Wednesday through Saturday, April 20-23, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Buildings in Hilo. Fair hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re excited to be back in-person celebrating hula, culture, arts and crafts with our community. Our vendors make this fair very special each year and we would not be able to have such a monumental event without their continued support. We are very thankful.” said Kegan Miura, Merrie Monarch Arts & Crafts Fair co-chairman, in a press release. “We’re happy to be able to provide this opportunity for our communities to support small, local businesses — it’s a win win for everyone.”

Admission is free. More than 130 of Hawai‘i’s best artisans are returning to present their work, along with food trucks and daily entertainment from local hālau. Those who come out for the craft fair will discover locally made arts and crafts including aloha wear, woodwork, photography, jewelry, food, music, skincare, gifts and official Merrie Monarch merchandise, such as t-shirts, hoodies, programs and more.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone — most importantly kupuna — COVID-19 protocols will require the use of face coverings, unless you are actively eating or drinking. The craft fair committee also respectfully asks anyone feeling ill or displaying COVID symptoms to refrain from attending.

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For more information, follow the Merrie Monarch Arts & Crafts Fair on Facebook and Instagram @merriemonarchcraftfair or click here.

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