Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Cultural exchange is most tangibly celebrated through the sharing of traditional handicrafts.  This year the annual Holiday Craft Fair at Burns Hall was no exception, and it certainly kept the seasonal festivities rolling.  On December 2 and 3, crafts of customary clothing and decoration from across the Asia Pacific region enticed attendees with their international flare.  Nineteen friendly gift venders offered not only gifts for sale, but also a story behind each hand-made item.  Suddenly ornamental wall hangings and rugs came to life, and attendees from the greater O’ahu community found it irresistible to purchase such gifts for their loved ones.

While nineteen vendors were present this year, the East West Center Participants Association (EWCPA) donated all proceeds to future EWC student activities.  Among donations organized by Activities Co-Coordinator Brian Kastl, crafts from Bhutan were especially delightful for buyers and observers alike.  The 2010 EWCPA Cookbook: “Food: A celebration” sold by Cookbook Co-Editor Azeema Faizunnisa was an even bigger hit.  It proved to be a particularly practical and mutually beneficial gift.  One woman was particularly ecstatic about the purchase, explaining that the gift would finally encourage her husband to cook delicious meals for her!

Whether you are looking to donate a craft to the EWCPA or acquire a piece of the East West Center’s cultural diversity, the annual Holiday Craft Fair is for you.  See you there next year!

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  1. Joseph Mimb

    Hi,
    Happy New Year 2011!
    We are wishing our students should continue to the University of Hawaii at Manoa if applicable.All of them are fulbright candidates.Some or their family have provide financial support between $100 to $2500 for an amount of not more than $10000;I myself or on behalf of my non profit not yet receive any kind of aid.Very soon,I will provide precisions on these informations.My work is a benevolant work without salary,car,laptop etc..Now I were post to somewhere arround the centre town without network connection.Please if you are not commit to help poor people or you are in connection with other Cameroonians you work with it will be difficult for you and me.In Cameroon any body knows at the same time that without more than $10,000 -$15,000 you can’t study in any develop country and that good,competitive students are amongst those who cannot afford theirs studies even in Cameroon for $100.
    Imagine you or me talking about full(Fulbright )scholarships to such people.Iam still having this question in my mind: why occidental consulates are requesting such an amount to poor students or to their parent or guardian?Resolving this matter will help to handle a lot of today’s problems.I hope we are on a good way to do good things with the maternal heart of Madam Clinton.
    May GOD bless you!
    Please,if you know you will continue to assist us let us know

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