Merrie Monarch craft fair makes a triumphant return

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Women look through items at a booth during the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Analu Akau smiles Wednesday while trying on a weaved hat at the Na Lei Hala booth during the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Isaiah with Mauloatiki Kreations smiles while carving a tiki sculpture out of wood during the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair in Hilo on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lani Chun shows a shopper her homemade earrings Wednesday during the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Manuel Mattos shakes hands with a shopper Wednesday while running his booth at the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kumu Ipolani Vaughan, left, reacts Wednesday while showing Lori Ann Saunders a new weaved hat during the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair in Hilo.

Community, crafts and the aloha spirit made a comeback at Wednesday’s in-person debut of the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.