Moms are about to take over Kakaako. The second Mom Made Market event in Hawaii brings together more than 50 local designers, jewelry makers and other small businesses largely run by local mothers for a weekend of shopping, networking and entertainment.
The Mom Made Market is Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 449 Cooke St. HONOLULU Family will be there to support these busy parents. We'll be giving away free copies of our new Spring issue, doing an enter-to-win for a Moana DVD and a game with prizes for the keiki. But we’re just one part of the fun this weekend.
1. Check the schedule of activities.
The marketplace is the biggest draw for most. But make sure to take advantage of the free entertainment as well. After all, shopping will be easier once your child has a balloon animal, cotton candy or a sip of Jamba Juice in hand.
Here is the schedule:
Saturday, April 1
10-11 a.m. – Strawberry-, blue raspberry-, watermelon- and pink vanilla-flavored cotton candy samples from mobile cotton candy cart, I Love Puff Hawaii.
11:30 a.m.-Live hula performance
1-3 p.m.-Balloon animals from Balloon Monsoon
1:30 p.m.-Street Jamz dance performance
Sunday, April 2
11 a.m.-noon-Storytime with Mermaid Malia11 a.m.-noon-Samples of Jamba Juice's Gotta Guava and coloring books, while supplies last.noon-1 p.m.-Light Saber demo with Hawaii Saber Academy1-3 p.m.-Balloon animals from Balloon Monsoon
2. Pre-purchase tickets.
Tickets are $3 for adults, kids 12 years and younger are free. A dollar from each purchased will go to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. Purchase yours online so you can skip the line and go right in.
Clockwise starting from upper left: Tuahine Swimwear, Summer Lulu teethable accessory, Kainani Swimwear, The Keiki Dept., HipsterLittles, Buttah Girl.
3. Scout out your shopping.
Mom and mom-supporting vendors will be selling everything from hipster keiki hats and adorable local onesies to family photography packages, jewelry and lots of sweet treats. You can see the full list on The Mom Made Market Hawaii's web page. Many will also be offering new designs or discounts for the weekend. Information on the goods are coming in all the time through The Mom Made Market Hawaii's Facebook page. Here are some of the specials we know about so far:
• Aloha Photography Studios is offering a $500 gift certificate for $99.
• Buttah Girl will debut a new collection of small, zippered pouches and will also discount its popular tooth fairy animals by 10 to 20 percent.
• Charms of the South will enter anyone spending $50 or more into a raffle for a $100 gift certificate.
• Hipsterlittles launches its new Spring/Summer line of keiki clothes.
• Kainani Swimwear is doing a mini release of its Sunrise line.
• The Keiki Dept. will release new tees, Ergo drool bibs and other accessories.
• A Little Extra will donate 10 percent of all its sales from the market to HUGS, the nonprofit that helps seriously ill children and their families in Hawaii.
• Nohea Beauty Bar will launch three new lip balm flavors, Mango Mai Tai, Pineapple Colada and Strawberry Champagne. Shoppers will also get a free heart bath bomb with a $20 purchase.
• Summer Lulu teething-safe accessories line will launch a new babywearing teether for $2 off the retail price. Also, all pieces will be 10 to 20 percent off at the market. Summerlulu.com
• Tony & Mei will introduce a new multipurpose nursing cover that can be also be used as a car seat cover and fashion accessory.
• Tuahine Swimwear will debut several more mommy-and-me swimsuit styles not yet available online.
Mom Made Market is Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 449 Cooke St. themommademarket.com/mmm-hawaii