Craft fairs, local pop-ups and markets are a great place to start if you’re looking to monetize your art in Hawaii. After extensive research, I compiled a list of the Best Hawaii Craft Fairs and Markets to sell art. Some organizations have guidelines, vendor fees, and processes before accepting new vendors. So be sure to do your research before applying! Enjoy! 🙂
- Malama Hawaii Makers Market
- Island Craft Fairs & Events
- 808 Craft & Gift Fairs
- Lokahi Kailua Market
- Hawaii Family Expositions
- Hickam Arts & Crafts Center
- Hand Crafters & Artisans Alliance
- Hana Lima Market
- Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Market Place
- Millwood Ohana Productions
- Charming Events Hawaii
- Made in Hawaii Festival
- Aloha Home Market
Malama Hawaii Market is a curated market with local crafters and artisans. Their selection process is fairly easy and you can apply by sending them images of your product. They also provide live entertainment and great music. They offer 4 different locations: Hawaii Kai, Haleiwa, Alamoana, and Waikiki.
This organization hosts a ton of events and craft fairs throughout the island of Oahu. They love to support local and never charge customers an entrance fee to shop with them. Not to mention, they take care of their vendors and relieve those that need breaks. They also provide radio ads and post events that happening on different islands. They support local and list other event not hosted by themselves.
808 Craft & Gift Fairs is hosts events within the central and east side of Oahu. They do live streams on facebook/instagram. They even have radio shows that can help you reach audiences all the way in Japan. Keep in mind that they do charge customers at special events, but at a reasonable cost.
Lokahi Kailua Market is a weekly Sunday event in the town of Kailua. They’re very specific on vendor selection. This event is free to the public.
Hawaii Family Expositions has a weekly Sunday event at the Croc Center near Kapolei. Discounted vendor rates are applied for those that signup for more 4 or more events. Special Events that occur throughout the year including Baby Expos and Pet Fairs.
Hickam Arts & Crafts Center hosts specialized art/craft fairs two times a year. Call or email the organization to be placed on their mailing list. You must to fill out confidential information to be granted access to their event space.
Art Fairs at 3 different locations that occur one weekend a month. In Waikiki, Ko’olina, and Haleiwa. You need to be n their mailing list in order to inquire. Once their jury accepts you, they will send you an application to fill out and mail with a written check.
Hana Lima Market is a brand new event that happens every Saturday in Kailua. You can apply by visiting their instagram and filling out their online survey. They’ll send you an invoice once payment is made. The vibe at their events are very modern, offering DJ sets and movie nights that are great for the local crowd.
The Stadium swap meet and market place was my first venue that I tried selling my artwork in public. They give you two choices for where you want to sell. It can be a challenge for artists that are trying to make reasonable money. It’s great for tourist-driven products, but can be physically and mentally gruesome. Simply stating that it gets pretty hot, muggy, and dirty.
Millwood Ohana Productions hosts block parties in Waikiki and at the Bishop Museum. It can be a little pricey, but there’s a ton of potential in getting your art out into the world due to high-foot traffic.
This organization used to be partners with the Millwood Ohana, but recently split. They too host highly trafficked events in the heart of Waikiki.
Made In Hawaii Festival was my very first event that I was accepted into. They only accept business that produce products made in Hawaii. It happens only once a year, but invites retail buyers that want to support locally made products. Last time, I was able to connect with the set design team from NCIS: Hawaii. Giving me the opportunity to sell them some of my artwork that was showcased on the show on March 13th, 2023.
My last one the list is the Aloha Home Market. This is a great place for artists, crafters and food vendors that offer products that are well fit for the home. As of right now they host Sunday events in Kailua.
I hope this is helpful for those looking to discover more places in Hawaii where they can sell your art. If you still need advice or need the courage to start selling your art, check out this article.