Manana Fair Celebrates Spring

It’s springtime at Manana Elementary School, and the Parent Teacher Organization is gearing up to host its annual Celebrate Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 on its Pearl City campus.

Now in its sixth year, the fair has grown to be a large community event.

“The craft fair has been getting bigger every year,” admitted Cheryl Katano, the school’s parent involvement person. “The first year we had about 40 vendors, but this time we have space for more than 80 vendors because of the popularity of our event.”

The fair is a schoolwide effort; organizers say that involvement in the fundraiser extends to all facets of the school – from students and parents to custodians and teachers.

All proceeds benefit Manana Elementary School students, assisting their families with costs associated with field trip transportation, extracurricular groups and art competitions. This year, the PTO also hopes that the fair will generate enough funds to upgrade a cooling system in the library. Vendors include Island Papercraft, Beads and Things by Kori, Benny’s Orchids and Gift Baskets, Hawaii Aloha Bear Company and more. Food vendors also will be on site, selling goods that include Spam musubi, teriyaki beef and chicken sticks, fried noodles, beef stew, and drinks. And while parents do their shopping, there also will be plenty of fun for keiki, including inflatable playhouses and games.

For more information, call 454-5305, or visit and click on the PTO link.