Here you go folks! Here’s some fun pictures and stories from last weekend’s Haleiwa Arts Festival. This year was the 7th year that I’ve been fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in the annual festival at Haleiwa Beach Park. I always enjoy the creative buzz surrounding the festival as well as connecting with customers and friends. It’s fun to share stories and also to share my newest creations!! Although the festival is focused on showcasing artwork and hoping for some abundant sales, I think my favorite part of the festival is talking story with everyone who I haven’t seen over the year because we all just get busy with our own endeavors!
Here are some great photos from the weekend! Enjoy!
Miss Tiff Foyle (formerly known as the FreeSurf editor and Honolulu Weekly writer Tiffany Hervey) is expecting a little one to pop out anyday now!
Tiffany Hervey) is expecting a little one to pop out anyday now!
One of our first visitors of the day was my good friend Tiff- she and I were roommates in a cute home in Waialua together back in 2007- before babies were even a figment of our imaginations…We both decided we were ready to make our careers happen and we were going to make them happen on the North Shore! We’ve seen each other go through some big challenges, and been supportive all the way through. I’m happy to be of assistance on her upcoming adventure of motherhood…as much as possible that is…motherhood is kinda crazy sometimes:)
Tiff arrived just as my assistant Nicole and I were finished getting our setup ready for the day. All the displays were set in place at eye level, and sturdy. My sweet boyfriend Dusty brought some lovely flowers and plants to beautify our setup, and all of my new jewelry creations were ready to be shown!
We created our own chic setup in the tent to show the beachy lifestyle that Noelani Designs jewelry represents.
Earring displays decorated the 4 corners of the tent.
Colorful beads of freshwater pearls, turquoise, shell, and semi-precious stones of peridot, amethyst and more decorate the earrings! Click here to see more styles on my website, www.NoelaniDesigns.com.
My newest styles of hand-forged and hammered hoop earrings and bangles were on prominent display, shown here on the latest display that my crafty and creative boyfriend Dusty made.
Click here to see more hammered styles on my website, www.NoelaniDesigns.com.
These are some of my newest styles of earrings, which include hand-forged and hammered hoops. It’s quite a process, as each piece of gold starts out as a straight piece of wire, which I then bend, solder together (using a butane torch), shape into a perfect circle, and then hammer to give texture and shine. It’s alchemy! I can also make custom earrings with special shells on them…just email me at Noe@NoelaniDesigns.com or stop by my Studio at Sunset Beach to see the latest creations, as I’m always adding more to the collection.
Unique Hebrew cone shells on hand-forged and hammered 14k gold filled hoops.
Many customers left more than satisfied with their purchases. It was great to see all of the returning happy faces from the previous year’s festivals. My friend Barbara (who is a wonderful photographer by the way- check out her work at www.barbarakraft.com ) purchased a few rings with her friend Pheidra and left the booth smiling, but not before I snapped a couple of photos of them in their new purchases!
Barbara and Pheidra show off their new handcrafted rings!
You can stack the rings like these women did, or you can wear them singularly. Either way they are elegant and simple! I wear mine in the ocean all the time, and they don’t corrode or turn your skin green!
I’ve been making the rings for years, but they still are not yet available on www.NoelaniDesigns.com because I can’t seem to keep them in stock!
If you would like a ring, please come by the Sunset Beach Studio to pick one out that fits you just right!
The day continued on with beautiful sunny skies and occasional cloud cover, which made for a beautiful setting. Nicole and I worked hard to keep up with all of the customers, making sure they were happy and informed, and we stayed hydrated in the heat.
Here’s a view of our tent with the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Kaala in Waialua.
Towards the late afternoon, my boyfriend Dusty came to help us take down the jewelry for the day and brought us some juice and watermelon to refuel.
Thanks for the yummy snacks Dusty!
Dusty and Nicole took a little break to show off their dance moves. Nicole is an expert at dancing with a watermelon rind in her mouth…
The sun was beating down hard on us by the end of the day and we were ready for a dip in the ocean!
Nicole and I ended up jumping in Waimea afterwards to rinse off all the grime from the day and to refresh our bodies!
That wraps up our Saturday…good fun, good sales, good ocean time!
On Sunday, Heather helped me out with setup and sales. We were busy bees!
We had a visit from Stan Matsumoto, the owner of Matsumoto Shave Ice!
One of our greatest customers, Mr. Matsumoto. He always buys jewelry for his good lady friends in Japan. He knows how to make them happy with Noelani Designs Jewelry!
Christina (on the right) is a famous model in Japan, and she always wears her Noelani jewelry!
My good friend and fellow bodyboarder Amber stopped in to get a gift for her boyfriend’s mom. She also got a new Noelani Designs hat, and gifted me some of my favorite soap, Indigenous! Little did she know, one of my best friends Love Chance is the owner and makes her soaps with all natural ingredients and essential oils. It’s the best soap ever!
Finally…Heather and I have a moment to rest with no customers!
Heather and I had a great time working together, hustling between customers and making sure to help everyone as much as possible. She has been working as my assistant for 2 years now and she knows the ropes, and our customers just love her:) Thanks Heather!
Once things slowed down a bit, I decided to take a walk around to see some of my fellow artist friends in their booths.
I found my good friend and fellow mommy Erin Delventhal in her booth at her first ever Haleiwa Arts Festival. Erin makes beautiful oil paintings of North Shore lifestyle images. I didn’t get a picture with her because she was busy helping a customer (yay!), but you can see her amazing work here at BackyardsStudio.com.
One of my favorite fellow sea maidens is oil painter Kimi Werner…her booth was challenging to find, but once I found her, I was in awe of her new paintings from a recent trip to Tahiti. Kimi is a world-famous spear-diver and one of the best!
Kimi and I pose in front of my favorite painting! I love this one…the topless girl in a thong in Tahiti with her catch!
Kimi and I met up after the festival for some underwater shots at Waimea Bay as inspiration for her next painting…here’s a preview of the possibilities.
Coming up from down below…
Rock running at the bottom of the bay…
Kimi and I dove for about an hour taking photos, perhaps I’ll share more photos on my next blog…
What a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who helped make it all happen, and to all of you who stopped by our booth and said hello! I hope you all come back next year! If you weren’t able to make it this year, then I hope to see you next year as well. In the meantime, please stop by one of our retailers in your area to see some of the jewelry collection, or stop by my studio at Sunset Beach to see the entire collection! OR you can always shop online at www.NoelaniDesigns.com.
Mahalo! Come see us soon for all of your jewelry needs!
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