As I sit here watching the Merrie Monarch Festival on TV, I understand so much more about the flowers and leis the performers are wearing because today, I went to the Merrie Monarch Festival Craft Fair in Hilo!
A table full of Haku for sale, a lei meant to be worn on the head
This is no ordinary craft fair, this is literally and figuratively speaking, a royal affairâ€”a showcase of the most regal talent and artistic ability alive today in the islands of the South Pacificâ€”not just Hawaii.
Needless to say, these bowls were some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in the world…
Na Ipu o Hawai`iâ€”The Gourds of Hawai`i
Perhaps some of the most amazing items for sale are Ni’ihau shell leis. The detail in these exquisite jewelry items is beyond description. My favorite booth showed a bowl full of “typical” sand, and then a bowl of the tiniest, most ridiculously small shells I’ve ever seen.
The Ni’ihau shells are little and they command a mighty price! Royal, indeed!
Do you think it’s a coincidence that the British Royal Wedding is starting in Hawaii right after the Merrie Monarch Festival ends tonight?