Kapolei Fair To Promote Safety

Prince Kuhio Community Center will have its first Fall Festival Safety and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 91-1270 Kinoiki St. in Kapolei.

Sponsored by Hawaii Maoli, the free event is designed to create a sense of community. “We believe that strong communities are built when members come together to socialize and familiarize themselves with others,” explained community outreach coordinator Lei Riedel. “We hope this event will not only reinforce the bonds already made within the community, but create new ones from which each individual and family will grow.”

The idea also came from the community itself, Riedel added. Following positive feedback from its Mother’s Day Craft Fair, Hawaii Maoli decided to stage a similar event for the upcoming holiday season to ensure the public is informed and safe.

The fair also observes Fire Prevention Month, which Riedel points out is critical because of the danger of brush fires in West Oahu from dry conditions. Attendees can expect a visit from the East Kapolei Fire Department.

Also planned are local food and craft vendors, which are meant to encourage the growth of small businesses. “We have many

surrounding community members who have wonderful ideas for businesses, but no venue to promote them,” she said, adding that the fair will serve that purpose. Free parking will be provided in the Department of Hawaiian Homelands parking lot.

For more information on the event, visit facebook.com/princekuhiocc or call 394-0050. For more information on Hawaii Maoli, visit its website, hawaiimaoli.org.

The nonprofit Hawaii Maoli was established in 1997 by members of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs to promote the social and economic self-sufficiency of kanaka maoli communities.