Saturday, November 30, 2013

National Tropical Botanical Garden - Dec 1 Sunday event -Craft Fair & Entertainment

Sunshine, slippahs, and Santa’ on December 1
Press Release, 11/20/2013
NTBG’s 10th Annual Christmas in the Garden Craft Fair


Po‘ipū, Kaua‘i (November 20, 2013) — No heavy winter coats or jostling through crowded department stores here! Only on the Garden Isle does Christmas shopping mean a “slippah-footed” stroll through a tropical garden. Lucky you live Kaua‘i where you can start the holiday season with a fun and relaxing day at the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Christmas in the Garden holiday craft fair on Sunday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Located on the sprawling grounds of NTBG’s Southshore Visitors Center in Po‘ipū, across from Spouting Horn, this ever-popular craft fair is known for its beautiful garden setting and wide selection of locally made and imported gifts.

This 10th annual Christmas in the Garden brings together about 40 of the island’s most exciting crafters, artists, vendors, performers, and casual dining options. Shop for Kaua‘i Made original products from Aunty Lilikoi, Salty Wahine, Shinil Candle & Soap, Hawaiian Organic Noni, Nui Fashions, and many others. In addition to clothing, jewelry, art, handmade quilts, and countless other crafts, Christmas in the Garden will be selling live plants and fresh tropical flowers.

Spread out across the shady meadow of the Southshore Visitors center will be keiki fun stations where children can enjoy arts and crafts, games, puppet shows, and a workshop by local artist Patrick Ching. As you “browse, graze, and shop” in the shade of monkey pod trees, take in the entertainment: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala Pavao-Jardin hula (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), Kamaka Fernandez’s contemporary Hawaiian music (11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), and Renee Janton with her Harp ‘Ohana (1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.). From 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., the Sunshine Express, Kalāheo’s keiki Christmas choir, will be performing.

As you wander through the garden taking in the sunshine and an ocean view, pause for lunch from Yanagi Sushi, the Kaua‘i Food Truck, and enjoy snacks and drinks from Kaua‘i Coffee and other vendors. NTBG also asks that everyone bring at least one non-perishable or canned food item as a donation for the Hawai‘i Food Bank.

For more information on Christmas in the Garden, call (808) 742-2433.

National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to saving plants, saving people. The not-for-profit, non-governmental institution has nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves in Hawai‘i and Florida. Its mission is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. NTBG is supported primarily through donations and grants.

Event contact: NTBG Southshore Visitors Center (808) 742-2433 or Gwen Silva,

Media contact: Janet L. Leopold,, (808) 332-7324, ext. 213 or Jon Letman,, at NTBG Headquarters