Christmas fairs in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #24

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Christmas fairs in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays

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Christmas fairs in Hawaii


Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Today, I’m taking you back to my home in Hawaii where it’s the Christmas holidays and everyone’s out shopping for Xmas presents now. At this timeframe, Christmas fairs are very popular throughout the islands and everyone loves to shop for something that is original or hand-made from the islands. One of my favorite holiday Christmas fairs is in Hilo where this particular fair requires that all the vendors hand make or produce Hawaiian origin products. This is an excellent way to support local arts and crafts and independent companies and keep the local economy buzzing during the holiday season.


I’ve been playing around with my cell phone lately at gatherings and events so the imagery presented in not the usual finished imagery I present. But since I didn’t take so many photos of this event, you’ll have to put up with some fuzzy and regular pictures from my cell phone, but it still captures the essence of the Christmas fair in Hawaii.


Christmas fairs in Hawaii




Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Hilo Xmas fair



You’ll find some really creative arts and crafts at this fair and some unusual and fun things to look at and maybe buy. Below is an artist who paints in watercolors and recreates then into cards and larger size framed posters to sell.


Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Watercolor paintings


Hand made wreaths with local plants, herbs and Hawaiian flowers are popular in wreaths like the ones below. These are quite time-consuming to gather and make so the price ranges can go anywhere from $100-$200 per wreath depending on the complexity and variety of materials used. They also dry very well so they can be preserved for a another season.



Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Hawaiian made wreaths



Hand painted ornaments are popular, here a local artist has painted a variety of ornaments with whimsical Hawaiian imagery of flora and fauna from the forest areas of the island.



Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Hand painted ornaments




Believe it or not a local mushroom company was selling their mushrooms and selling mushroom cookies, savory snacks and of course mushroom Xmas packages.


Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Mushrooms from the Hamakua coast



Of course, getting a funny t-shirt like the one below for your over-sized relative can be a hit for the holiday season!



Christmas fairs in Hawaii

Humorous t-shirts






Christmas ornaments.

Christmas ornaments.


Thanks so much for coming to visit Travel Photo Mondays and visiting this Christmas fair in East Hawaii, I hope you enjoyed seeing what our fairs look like from Hawaii . Come and enjoy some of these other bloggers from around that world showing you some beautiful imagery.


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16 Responses to Christmas fairs in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #24

  1. Jess December 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I love those painted ornaments! And it would be really great to have one of the local wreaths, even if they are expensive.

  2. A Southern Gypsy December 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I just love Christmas markets! Thanks for joining the Sunday Traveler this week and hope to have you join us again! 🙂

  3. Marisol@TravelingSolemates December 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Noel,
    Your images are really nice for cellphone shots. Your Christmas Fair has lovely and festive offerings. I like the local artisans. I particularly like the wreath made of local helbs and plants. It;s kinda pricey but it’s good that it can be preserved ofr the next season. Thanks for bringing holiday in the air.

  4. Jesh StG December 16, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Markets like that are so tempting! Love the man who’s making the painting, and the wreaths, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Annette December 16, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I have always enjoyed Christmas in the tropics and the creative adaptations of decorations, rituals, even trees to local plants/fruits and culture. I remember a Christmas fruit cake made with dried mango and other tropical fruits – just delicious and so much more tasty and healthy than using the imported, artificially dyed red and green “cherries” so often found in fruit cakes. Oh, and the best Christmas cake of all: a deep brown/black fruitcake soaked in rum (on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago).

    • Noel December 16, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      That sounds delicious Annette, thanks for sharing

  6. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} December 16, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    The wreaths are beautiful. Not sure what I’d think of the mushroom cookies- have you tried one?

    I love holiday fairs and selecting hand crafted gifts for loved ones. It’s a great way to add that personal touch to your gift giving.

  7. muzachan December 16, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Beautiful decorations…

  8. Travis December 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Wow! I never would have pegged Hawaii for having so many Christmas Fairs. Great Post!

  9. Life Images by Jill December 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    gorgeous wreaths. I would love a natural wreath for my door, but it would wilt and shrivel in our blistering summer heat. Have a wonderful week and lead up to Christmas.

  10. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin December 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Noel, and Merry Christmas to you! I love those fresh wreaths, so beautiful! Pinning that photo to Pinterest. Great that they can be preserved. Blessings – Dawn

  11. Poppy December 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Aloha Noel,

    Wow! So much brilliant colour and movement and textures and creativity at the Christmas fairs in Hawaii!! I love the hand painted ornaments and the wreaths. One could spend hours there, just staring, admiring and of course, making a purchase. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images of your adventures and for hosting!

    Have a lovely week!


  12. Gran Canaria Local December 15, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Thanks for sharing the festive scene in Hawaii, Noel. Over in Gran Canaria, it’s all about the bélen. There’s even one on Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. You’ll find the usual suspects: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, The Three Wise Men. But this time they’re crafted out of sand.

  13. Mary {The World Is A Book} December 15, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I love Christmas markets featuring all the local artisans. Those handpainted ornaments are just beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever had mushroom cookies. Sounds interesting!

  14. Ingrid D. December 15, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    And this is how we do it in Brussels:


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