Before the weekend of festivities began, I did some volunteering for Operation Homefront, which is a nonprofit organization that helps out families of service members and wounded warriors. And the event I specifically helped out with was the Back-to-School Brigade, which provided school supplies to the young bucks! When it comes to volunteering, I like to stick with the behind the scenes stuff instead of working the actual event. And I sorted through school supplies and stuffed them into 700 backpacks! I've been wanting to be more active with the volunteering, so I was beyond happy when I came across this event. I definitely plan on volunteering for more events they put on.
On Saturday, there was the Haleiwa Arts Festival, an event I was really looking forward to. I had no intention of buying any art because of the how much money that would all be. But I didn't go home empty-handed either. I bought a beautiful Hawaiian vintage chic burlap clutch from Noho Designs, which for some reason did not take a picture of (go check out her etsy!). I had a great time talking story with Aunty Kamaile and look forward to talking with her again at the Made in Hawai'i Festival next month!
I ended buying these three cards from Harald M. Lehnardt, he had a very unique take of contemporary art with Hawaiian incorporated. I was such a fan of it and wished I could have bought some canvas art, but these were what I stuck with it. After talking to the artist for about 15 minutes, I learned that he was from Germany, got his Masters in New York, and has lived in Hawai'i for 9 years! So awesome! Anyways, I'm planning on putting them in frames and hanging it on my 'Hawaiian' wall. There were over 60 artists at the event ranging for jewelry making to paintings, it's a must-see event for the year and can't wait to go back next year!
Finally, the night ended with some rugby matches! I guess you can say it was the main event for my weekend and thankfully I saw the flyer at the very last moment. There were matches going on all day at the Aloha Stadium, but I mainly wanted to see the USA vs Samoa match. (No it wasn't the rugby union teams, that would have been epic though!). But this match was just as exciting to watch, way too many injuries for my taste, but definitely an awesome game overall. Rugby is one of my all-time favorite sports to watch and one that I try keep up with. Of course, the New Zealand All Blacks team is my ULTIMATE favorite and it's still a dream of mine to spectate one of their matches, but I'll take this rugby league match over nothing! We were not disappointed!
It was such a solid weekend, I can barely get over it! This upcoming week will be filled with lots of volleyball and celebrating a certain someone's birthday! I hope all of you had a great weekend!
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