If you’re a fan of Hawaiian culture, you’ll enjoy The Ko’Olina Artfest. Bring a bag and plenty of spending money because you’ll want to buy many products that are featured at this tropical-themed festival.
Information of Ko’olina Artfest
This festival caters to artists in Hawaii who craft handmade art and objects. You can’t find these products at stores in other cities since everything is by Hawaiian locals. There are many original items on display, so if you’re looking for something unique, elegant, and colorful, this festival should be on your radar. If you don’t want to buy art, you could still attend the festival because you’ll learn a lot about Hawaiian crafts right from the people who make it and hear enchanting Hawaiian music at the same time.
The Ko’Olina ArtFest is an ongoing concern most Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ko Olina Beach Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. It runs from 9 AM to 4 PM local time.
Ko’olina Art Details
The sculptures are standout items because many artists constructed them out of fancy and appealing materials. For example, some sculptors use willow to make figures with different poses. These pieces of art tell a story, and they have a lot of detail.
Oil paintings are also featured items; they have bold color tones that reflect natural light. Because the process of creating art with oil painting is time-consuming, all large oil paintings on display at Ko’olina Artfest will have a somewhat high price tag.
For the senior crowd, there will be dozens of knitted pieces with elegant patterns on display. The artists who make the quilts take their time and their dedication helps them create beautiful laces.
Traveling in Honolulu
Honolulu has great weather during the day, so you may want to nearby destinations on foot. For quick trips to distant stores and restaurants, simply hop on a trolley or a bus. You’ll need a rental car with a large cargo area if you’re going to buy many items at the art festival. If you happen to be flying in, then you’ll also want to consider either bringing an extra suitcase or boxing up and shipping home any large purchases.
Great Beach Resorts
After spending the day buying art and exploring the island, returning to a beach resort can’t be beaten The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is a great place where you can kick up your feet and relax. It’s located in an ideal spot that’s very close to the ocean. When all of your art has been sorted, you can spend time in Waikiki Beach’s refreshing blue waters. You could also recharge on the grounds because all guests have access to top-of-the-line services and amazing amenities. If you want to buy more tropical-themed products, you can go shopping without traveling far as there are over 50 boutiques on the property.
Ala Moana is another Honolulu beach resort where you can stay following the festival. At this spot, you’ll have easy access to the Hawaii Convention Center, a popular place for all sorts of fun events. You can also walk to Waikiki Beach since it’s only a short trip from the resort. If you don’t want to wander Honolulu aimlessly and prefer more of a curated plan, you could get suggestions while visiting the Ala Moana activities desk.
Food Options in Honolulu
While you’re in Hawaii, you must try some Hawaiian food. Alan Wong’s is worth visiting because the chef has a great policy that highlights common Hawaiian fare. Every item on the menu features locally sourced ingredients and seasonings that provide island flavors. The drinks also have island flair. One of the tastiest drinks consists of pineapple juice with fresh chunks of fruit soaked in rum.
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