I think if I had to describe our first mākeke in a few words, it would be: better than a dream!
This weekend's market exceeded all my expectations in all the best ways. It took place at International Market Place in the middle of Waikīkī. We had 37 vendors total and over 90% of them were Native Hawaiian owned businesses. There was an array of industries represented - fashion, art, jewelry, baked goods, accessories, stationary, home goods ... we had a little bit of everything and it ALL incorporated aspects of Native Hawaiian culture.
In total, we estimate that we had over 2,500 people shop at the market over the two days! OMG! If you came on Saturday, you especially saw the crowds. Some people waited over an hour in some lines to make sure to score the goodies they wanted. & people were ready to shop!!! I am so thankful for everyone's support for our 'ōiwi businesses.
We had live music by Walea & Ei Nei, which was a huge addition to the overall feel and energy of the event. We filled Waikīkī with Mele Hawai'i & Mea Hawai'i and it was so perfect. I was brought to tears a few times - it was everything and more I hoped this weekend could be.
We are in the works of planning future events, so if you are an interested vendor, you can go to our mākeke website and apply. www.hoomauhawaiimarket.com.
Mahalo piha to everyone was a part of the event - my 'ohana for helping to staff it, Kanoe for selflessly doing anything and everything to make it a success, Logan for making sure the two days were efficient and successful for everyone, our vendors for believing in our market & for everything you do for our lāhui, and our shoppers for your endless support. I will NEVER forget this weekend!!!