Last week Friday, November 10th, was the Honolulu Art + Flea. Held at the fairly new South Shore Marketplace in Kaka'ako, this vibey event was filled with unique vendors from mochi donuts to phonograph records to consignment, along with the live music. I stopped by after work with my friend, Kat, and we checked out almost every vendor booth, while sipping on our $6 beers. Here are the items from my mini haul, which I'm extremely fortunate to have come across:
Right before the Diamond Head side of the marketplace, there's a vacant room to the left across from La Muse. In the past I've seen a few vendors set up selling their products. When I walked in, I only saw one thing; Sample Sale! There was a bin in front of a vendor's table with a bunch of cute bikinis that were $10 for the tops and $15 for the bottoms. I rummaged through and picked out these two sets and fell in love with the cut and colors. I realized that this vendor is actually Gillia Clothing. I've seen some of their clothes and bikinis in the past and love the materials they use, but can't afford to fill my wardrobe with. Fortunately, these finds were on sale because they were tests from the manufacturer. Even though these pieces are said to not fit true to size, they fit my body pretty well and feel great!
I met owner & designer, Tanya, who creates all of her beautiful pieces by hand. You'll find jewelry with metals made from fine silver, sterling silver, and 14k gold-filled. Other materials that make the designs of her pieces have precious stones and other natural materials. On one of the ring displays at the booth, I see these charm rings with what seemed to be a flower, but is actually a pikake shaped charm made from mother of pearl. Tanya explains that pįkake is one of the tropical Hawaiian flowers, commonly known to have grown in Queen Kaiuolani's home where she had peacocks residing. Folks then on referred to the flowers as pikake in regards to her peacocks. Also please note that the word pikake is supposed to have a horizontal line of the letter 'i'. This line is called a kahako, which is used to extend the sound in a vowel. Also, kahako, is supposed to have a line over the 'o'. Unfortunately it does not show up on my page, but I hope that helps! Check out Laha'ole Designs to see more!
World of Good Travel
I saw a sign of flag letters that spelled out 'FUNDRAISER', and I immediately ran, "Ooh I wanna help!" Both ends of the booth had full racks of clothes with prints from cute animal graphics, to tribal patterns. I went through a $25 rack and found this cute 2 piece romper from Thailand. As I went to pay, I learned from the sellers that they run this fundraiser to raise money for an organization, World of Good Travel. The funds go to helping college students travel back-pack style to third world countries and to help "promote international travel as a key element of a well-rounded and global-minded education." Volunteer work is involved, such as helping communities build schools. This type of business and marketing is new to me, so I don't have much else to say other than that this outfit is sweet!
I met Thad after I made a little sheet of something with one of his typewriters. We were at the MORI by Art+Flea boutique where stationary and apparel are sold. He had 3 typewriters set up at a wall, and in between was a mini shelf with tinyzines - so cool! Tinyzines are mini magazines, and what Thad does is create poetry of different style and prints them onto sheets, and then folds and cuts them into the miniature published pieces. Some also use images or text art.
I'm fortunate to have gotten 2 tinyzines from him, and it's good reading material for a rainy day on Sunday morning while sipping on hot cocoa, or any time you enjoy reading a short script or two. Check out Tinyzine Hawaii on Instagram and see all of their unique handmade pieces.
Art + Flea is hosted once a month, bringing in local retailers and other vendors who are amazingly talented and ambitious. I look forward to next month as the holidays are trickling in. I made sure to link each vendor's info, so go check them out!