Oct 292014
 

js635-bk6Canoe Paddling Waikiki Beach Canoe Paddling is one of very few Hawaiian Sports that is competitively practiced today.  Competing in different divisions from Keiki, to High School , as well as adult and Senior canoe clubs it is an amazing sport that is seeped in old Hawaiian traditions.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

Yes, John’s design does have sails on his canoe because the canoes were also used for fishing as well as travel. 

Click on the link for an amazing look into Hawaiian Canoe Paddling.  http://www.hawaiilife.com/articles/2012/09/outrigger-canoe-paddling/

Oct 262014
 

Eclipse

The Sun Eclipse of July 11, 1991 was only seen in parts of Hawaii moving over the Pacific across Mexico, Central America, South America and ending in Brazil.  People from all over the world flocked to Hawaii, well the Big Island, where the full Sun Eclipse could be witnessed.  Tia Waxman one of our quilters was one of those people.  She actually booked her hotel accommodations two years in advance to witness this rare sight and she was so mesmerized by this event when she returned to quilting class the following week  she asked John to please design the “Eclipse Quilt”  a quilted memory of her once in a life time adventure.  Using a half fold instead of the traditional 1/8 fold John designed her “Eclipse Quilt”. Behind the palm trees where the hibiscus bush and the laua’e plant grows,  looking out toward the ocean, the stars made their appearance only for a little while  during the total Eclipse of the Sun.    45″ x 60″  Designed by John Serrao Quilted by Tia Waxman

The next eclipse which will be seen across the continuous United States and parts of Hawaii will be on August 21, 2017. Click the link to find your best viewing  location.

http://moonblink.info/Eclipse/eclipse/2017_08_21/WherePartial#Hawaii

Oct 252014
 

js649-bk7kahiligingerThe Kahili Ginger  is grown through out the Hawaiian Islands but unfortunately it is  highly invasive and is slowly taking over Hawaii’s native plants. It was named the Kahili Ginger because it looked very similar to Hawaii’s Royal Standard. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js649-bk7

 

 

John created this design not only to look like the beautiful Kahili Blossoms but also Hawaii’s Royal Feather Standards.

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Kahili Bearers Queen Liliuokalani’s Funeral Procession

 

Oct 232014
 

Maile/Ilima

 

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Hawaiian Lei Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular maile/ilima lei is used, given, presented  at many special occasions in Hawaii especially weddings, graduations, proms, and even  blessings.  It was also a favorite quilt design  during the 1990’s.  There are many Ilima/Maile patterns  showing the flowers intertwined like the beautiful lei.   45″ x 60″  Personal Design by John Serrao.  Poakalani Quilt Show /Mission Houses Museum.

The 45″ x 60″ quilt patterns were originally designed to fit a baby’s crib. Today they are being used more as wallhangings.  

Oct 202014
 

Monkey Pod

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The Monkey Pod trees with its large umbrella canopy can easily be found in Hawaii’s parks shading the locals and tourist from Hawaii’s hot sun.  The most famous monkey pod tree is  of course  the Hitachi Tree located in Moanalua Gardens while less famous but beautiful trees can be found at Iolani Palace, Nuuanu Park and even Kapiolani Park.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao Quilted by Eriko Furukawa Personal Design

 

Monkey Pod trees can be found throughout the islands unfortunately the Honolulu City Council  passed a new ordinance  that only indigenous or Polynesian introduced plants can be used in new landscaping.  While we won’t be saying goodbye to our trees neither are we going to see new monkey pod trees planted.  John designed this pattern after the beautiful Monkey Pod trees at the Iolani Palace. Eriko fell in love with the design and decided to quilt the pattern.  Every artist has their own medium in which to show off their artistic and creative talents for the quilters it’s fabric and thread.  

 

Oct 192014
 

JS636-bk6 Pua Melia - Plumeria

Plumeria

My mom Poakalani was a great story teller.  She loved to talk about “HER” good old days; especially growing up with her sister Danette and cousin Francene and of course her home on School Street. She would reminisce  about how they would dare each other to walk through Oahu cemetery at night and pick the Make Man flowers that grew there.  Of course my mom would always win because she was never afraid of that cemetery believing her family who were buried there would keep her safe.  And the Make Man(Dead Man) flower… was the plumeria blossoms given that nick name only because it grew in many of the island cemeteries.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/ js636-bk6

Oct 162014
 

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Did you know that the Hawaiians believed the Pineapple looked very similar to the Hala Fruit, so similar that the Hawaiians gave the pineapple the name Hala Kahiki meaning  Fruit or Hala from a foreign place.  So here is another  Pineapple pattern one of the most requested designs for John. 90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao.

Oct 142014
 
  • Kaunaoakaunaoa

One of several lei’s mentioned in  Hawaiian legends the Kauna’oa is mostly known for being the designated flower of Lanai Island.  The orange and yellow vine can be found along coastal areas with sandy soils. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js639-bk7

Click on the photo to read more about the amazing Kauna’oa and here are other great links.

Maui MagazineHawaii Forest & Trail

 

Oct 132014
 

Poakalani's Papale

Sometimes unexpected gifts brings hope when we need it the most and this quilt arrived by mail for Poakalani at a time when she was feeling her worst and needed something, anything to lift her spirits. Poakalani loved this quilt depicting her love for hats and the beautiful Morning Glory blossoms.  It brought her great comfort and today even though she is no longer with us this  quilt brings back only good memories of a great lady who was a loving wife to John,  caring mother to her 4 children, over indulging grandmother to her two granddaughters  and amazing quilting teacher to her many students. Thank you Kimi who designed and quilted Poakalani’s hat, she loved opening the unexpected box . You held a special place in her heart.  45″ x 45″

Do you have a quilt that brings back memories of a special person or event? 

Oct 122014
 

Hibiscus Hawaiian Quilt by Tomiko Okada

 

John has two grandchildren both girls. The oldest mo’opuna(grandchild) was given John’s favorite Hawaiian name Pomaika’i which means blessed but all the quilters call her Missy, her bestowed upon nickname from her grandmother Poakalani.   This quilt was designed by John for Missy…Hearts for a special girl from a very over protective grandfather.  Quilted by Aunty Tomiko Okada 90″ x 90″

John said this was one of the easiest quilts he designed.  All he thought of was his quiet and smart granddaughter and her compassion  for helping others, hence the hearts. The color blue was chosen for the design because of course it’s Missy’s favorite color but by also choosing a solid dark color and a white/off white background the design becomes the focal point. Like we say in the quilting world the design pops from it’s canvas showcasing the amazing design. 

Oct 112014
 

Naupaka

Naupaka

 

Naupaka – The legend of the Naupaka speaks about love lost.  One version tells the story of two lovers kept apart because they came from different social classes. One was banished to the mountain and the other to the sea.  Unable to live apart they both died from broken hearts.  Upon their graves grew the Naupaka, half flowers found near the ocean and the other in the mountains.  90″ x 90″Designed by John Serrao

 

The Naupaka is one of John’s favorite designs but on his quilts the legend continues where the lovers meet again and lives happily every after. The  flowers are designed close together reuniting in love.

Here are some wonderful legends of the Naupaka blossoms  Hawaii Aloha, Maui Canoe Club

 

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Iolani Quilting Class Update

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Quilting Class will continue at the Iolani Palace Archives through October and November.   Due to permit problems renovations is not scheduled to start until December. I'm hoping for January but until then we will continue to have class at the Archives building through November.  Any questions please call us at 808-223-1108.  Thank You.