The 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Hula competition begins this week in Hilo. Visitors from all over the world are converging in the Big Island for this celebration of the best in Hawaiian hula. This year, Kealii Reichel will be a judge.
In honor of this event, we asked Hawaiian glass artisan Vicki Villavuz to create special plates depicting hula dancers. Vicki creates the image on each plate using a process called "frit." Crushed pieces of colored glass are melted onto each plate in a special designs. It’s like painting with crushed glass. Frit is a technique used by glass artisans for centuries. The beauty of Vicki’s Hula plates is how she creates stunning images of Hawaiian hula dancers. Each plate is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Vicki uses all the traditional colors of Hawaii in her Hula plates – yellow, red, orange, green and black. She creates plates in a variety of sizes. These hula plates are dishwasher safe and microwavable.
Vicki created hula plates are a find. They are available only at Martin & MacArthur stores in Hawaii.
Or these beautiful Hula plates are now available online.
Local-born Michael Tam, returned to Hawaii with an accomplished track record leading global companies with a strategic marketing focus. In 2008, Tam became the majority owner, CEO, and President of Martin & MacArthur, the premiere Koa furniture maker and retailer in Hawaii for fifty years. Also make personal accessories such as Kao wood watches ,jewelry,rings.
Tam is responsible for leading Martin & MacArthur to achieve sustainable, profitable, and long term growth. He has created meaningful connections within the community in support of the Hawaiian heritage and local artisans in Hawaii.
In the past three, Martin & MacArthur has opened nine new stores, including its first stores on the Big Island and Kauai. A distinctive retail store base is being created, focused on the finest home furnishings and personal accessories made in Hawaii for the gracious Hawaiian living. The Hawaiian furniture store have koa furniture & rocking chair. They Also make personal accessories such jewelry, jewelry boxes, wood watches .
By the time Tam returned to Hawaii, he had accumulated extensive executive experience with global companies that included Nordstrom, Starbucks, Borders, McDonalds, and American Eagle Outfitters. His career is marked with success in creating corporate business strategies; developing new brands; reposition existing brands; introducing brands into global and domestic markets
After graduating with a Master of Management degree in marketing and finance at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, he joined Leo Burnett as senior media planner for Procter & Gamble and was International Vice President responsible for McDonald’s Corporation.
Merrie Monarch Festival Comes Alive In Hula Plates