Shoppers stop by Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace for local gifts

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Hundreds of people were shopping at the Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace at the Blaisdell Center on Saturday.

The fourth annual event is a one-stop local holiday shop for those looking for holiday gifts.

This year, there is nearly 200 vendors to choose from with a variety of locally made items like soaps, jewelry, clothes and treats.

“For makers and vendors like me, it’s a plus because you could support big business, but when you support small businesses it’s win win,” said Drew Murphy, owner of Mixed Handbags 808. 

The event has items for all ages.

“I’m selling bracelets, it’s my first time with me and my auntie,” said Kayne-lin Chun, a Keikipreneur. “I make bracelets and earrings.”

“My favorite part is that everyone gets to go Christmas shopping and also have a fun time with their family and friends, they’re also giving people Christmas gifts,” she said. 

A gingerbread workshop is new to the Marketplace this year.

The Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace is open until 8 p.m. Saturday, then again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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