November officially begins the holiday season, with preparations for Thanksgiving underway and the kick-off for holiday shopping – a great time to check out local gifting options and support Kaua‘i-based businesses.
Starting Nov. 1, Kaua‘i Made and Kukui Grove Center partner to introduce two new events supporting local products and the artisans behind them – the weekly Thursday Afternoon Street Fair and the Small Business Saturday Celebration Nov. 24.
Thursday Afternoon Street Fair (3-6 p.m. weekly, except Thanksgiving)
This new weekly event opening Nov. 1 at Kukui Grove Center offers a fun, street fair atmosphere on the main concourse, with live music, kids activities, resident artists, local foods and craft tables, with a core focus on providing access to Kaua‘i’s artisans, crafters and food producers on a weekly basis. Showcasing the Kaua‘i Made program of the County of Kaua‘i, categories of products will include art and publications, food and floral, gifts, crafts and heritage, health and beauty, jewelry, accessories and apparel.
Expect to see some of Kaua‘i’s top brands there – Salty Wahine, Aunty Lilikoi and Ono Pops to name a few, along with crafters and artists who usually can only be found at seasonal events, Kaua‘i Grown products, and Center merchants offering up sidewalk sales, special samplings, and live painting. Together the goal is to showcase the best of Kaua‘i Made in a fun, interactive event.
Small Business Saturday Celebration (10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday Nov. 24)
Save the date for this expanded celebration on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, featuring both Kaua‘i Made vendors and the small business merchants of Kukui Grove Center who have served our community for generations. This expanded all day event will include merchant tables, pop ups, holiday activities, and live music end-to-end on the main concourse between the newly renovated Food Court and the recently opened Keiki Korner children’s play area, to the Macy’s Holiday Lane seasonal pop-up.
Stay afterwards for the 25th Annual Kaua‘i Christmas Parade at 4 p.m. – Santa’s official Arrival – this is an event not to be missed! For more info on these new events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.