Made in Hawaii Festival opens

Sen. Daniel Inouye
Sen. Daniel Inouye
Debra Zeleznik
Debra Zeleznik

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It features anything and everything made in the islands. The 13th annual Made in Hawaii festival is this weekend and offers hundreds of exhibits, featuring everything from plants to crafts to food.

One of the popular booths is Uncle Louie's Sausage Company from Kahului, where people line up for a sample.

It's just one of more than 420 exhibitors. Local companies representing six islands are here, including Kanemitsu Bakery from the Friendly Isle.

More than 35,000 people are expected here over three days. One prominent lawmaker, makes the rounds.

"This is the future of Hawaii and I try my best to encourage small businesses to do their thing," said Sen. Daniel Inouye, (D) Hawaii.

Rubber Stamp Plantation has been here every year since the beginning.

"It's a great show, I get a lot of feedback from customers. I try to either come out with new products or new designs for the show every year and I try to introduce things to see whether they fly or not," said Debra Zeleznik, owner.

For the first time, the U.S. Postal Service is here at the festival, making it easier for people to mail their goodies out of Hawaii.

That will hopefully encourage people to support the products here, even more.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Blaisdell Center and costs $3.