Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana welcomes Ken Crow for signing
With a video involving a hula, original song and long wish list of what they want from Hallmark this Christmas, the Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club became one of 16 Hallmark clubs to win a national Hallmark competition this year.
The prize is a visit by one of the company’s Keepsake Ornament artists, Ken Crow, who will be at Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center for an artist signing event from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. The public is welcome to come and get their favorite Ken Crow ornaments — new and old — signed by the artist. There will be a a limit of two items signed per time slot that will be assigned at the door so participants won’t have to wait in long lines.
Margaret Hua, a 30-year collector of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments will be among the club members, flying in from Hilo to fill her wish list of Crow’s and other ornaments to grace the seven to 10 Christmas trees she’ll be putting up this year to celebrate the holidays.
“They all have themes. One will have mermaids, mermen and fish. Dory’s going on there this year,” she said. “Another one’s all angels, one is Elvis and Las Vegas-themed.”
Hua said she got hooked on the collectibles when she was about 30 years old and living in Chicago. When she moved to Hawaii in 2001, she brought about 400 ornaments with her. Now, at 67, she has about 2,000 ornaments, which she says she appreciates for their “unique, magical” qualities.
Crow’s work appeals to collectors’ inner child. He grew up in Long Beach, Calif., fascinated by mechanical objects. As a child, he broke open his brother’s Mickey Mouse watch to see what was inside. After that, he’d often tear apart his own toys to see how they worked, and made other toys out of the parts.
He joined Hallmark in 1979, where he creates Keepsake Ornaments that capture the spirit of the holidays, play and family.
During the signing event, an exclusive event ornament, Santa’s Workbench, will be available for purchase, at $39.95. As the winning club’s retail sponsor, Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center is one of only 16 stores in the United States that will receive the ornaments. Sales will be limited to one event ornament per person, while supplies last. Tickets guaranteeing an opportunity to purchase a Santa’s Workbench ornament will be handed out at the door so fans won’t have to wait in long lines to purchase one of the collector’s items.
Event goers will also be the first to be able to purchase Hallmark Hawaii’s exclusive itty iittys, Hawaii girl and boy plush toys, being released the day of the signing event, and available for sale only in Hallmark’s Hawaii stores. There will also be prize giveaways every half hour during the signing event.
The next opportunity for Hawaii to win another artist signing will take place in 2018.
Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center is on the mall’s third level, Ewa Wing. Call 949-2413
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.