As you read this, there is still an opportunity to take advantage of the Little Pea’s Pop-Up Holiday Market at Kukui Marketplace, where a portion of sales benefits Kaua‘i Hospice.
“That’s right,” said Ari Brun of Kaua‘i Hospice. “Usually events are just one day, and by the time you find out about it it’s over. This Little Pea’s Pop-Up Holiday Market is running Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kukui Marketplace. It’s one last time to take advantage of the deals.”
For Brun, the market where proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result are needed to enter, the market provided a respite from making lanterns that are part of the Second annual Lanterns of Love that will be illuminated starting Wednesday and running through Jan. 31, at the Kaua‘i Hospice Pahe‘e Street facility.
Brun was taking care of the silent-auction section of the indoor marketplace, featuring at least 20 vendors offering a wide array of products, many gift-ready for the holidays.
“We at Kaua‘i Hospice were thrilled when Peaches invited us,” Brun said. “We also have tables at Tip Top Cafe and at Dani’s.”
Healing Horses with Ana Mertenn and Karin Stoll is another vendor seeking to raise funds for its operation after its signature fundraising gala became a victim of the pandemic. The pair was promoting a Photo with Ivan opportunity where, for a donation, on Dec. 12 patrons could get a photo with one of the Healing Horses equine from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“We’re just getting started,” said Kaila Naholoholo of Minime and Company. The new company had offerings of infant and very-young children apparel and other goodies ready, to include in Christmas stockings or bundled gifts.
Vicky Ramos of Crochet 808 traditionally makes her holiday appearance during the Kaua‘i Handworks Fair that, this year, went virtual because of the COVID-19. Ramos did not let the pandemic stop her from meeting her public, which looks for her knitted and crocheted wares, including lei, face-mask clips and more.
“I have two keiki so I have to hustle,” said Grace Young of ‘Aina Organics, offering a wide range of products from soaps, lotions and CBD oil. ‘Aina Organics had a table at the craft-fair section of the Saturday Grove Farm Market, and plans to be with the Holly Jolly Kaua‘i Made event Saturday at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort in Waipouli.
“We’re fortunate to be one of five finalists of 200 applicants in FoundMe.org,” said Young. “This is a joint effort between the YWCA and Shaka, and is geared for young women entrepreneurs. It involves a lot of mentorship,” Young said.
The Lanterns of Love allows people to remember loved ones by donating to get a wooden lantern designed by Kaua‘i Hospice staff that will be hung with the lanterns during its run starting Wednesday and continuing until Jan. 31.
Viewing hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. with guests being asked to wear face masks and maintain social distancing at the Kaua‘i Hospice offices.
To reserve a lantern in memory of a loved one, visit kauaihospice.org. Lanterns are available while supplies last.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.