Jan 102015
 

Maile Ilima

One of our first quilt shows at the Mission Houses Museum showcased several 45″ x 60″ wall hangings.  These quilts were actually made to fit inside of a baby’s crib but  after all the quilters expert handiwork they decided that hanging the quilt rather than placing it in the crib was of course a better choice and I whole hardheartedly agree. This quilt show cases one of Hawaii’s favorite flowers, the Maile Ilima.  The sweet scented maile and ilima prized by Hawaiian Kings and Queens translates into a beautiful wall hanging.  45″ x 60″  Designed by John Serrao

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Jan 062015
 

Bachelors Buttons

This flower brings back wonderful memories of my grandparents home where the bachelor buttons lined the sidewalk that led to the front porch. 22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao

 

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Jan 052015
 

Kamehameha II

 

Like the Hula and the Hawaiian Chants of Old making a quilt in memory of  a King, Queen, Friend and loved one brings honor to them. This quilt made back in the 1990’s  by Joomi Shiroma depicts whales and symbols of Hawaii prominent during the reign of Kamehameha II.  Our beloved King was born in 1797 and reigned from 1819 to 1824.  Unfortunately in 1824 he died in England with his wife Kamamalu.  90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao, Quilted by Joomi Shiroma

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The Hawaiian Helmets of Old and Tabu Stick are shown in this quilt to symbolize traditional Hawaii, while the whales and fire and the center of the quilt symbolize a changing world coming to the Hawaiian people.  Whaling season was at it’s peak during the reign of Kamehameha II. 

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Jan 042015
 

 

Plant a Ulu(Breadfruit) tree at the birth of a child so it will have enough food his whole life. One of many legends associated with the Ulu Tree and that is why many quilters start with the Ulu design first before all others.   22″ x 22″  Designed by John Serrao

 

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Did you know that the Ulu instead of the Taro was the staple of choice for the people of Puna on Hawaii Island.  Because of the type of land found in the area it was the ulu tree that was easier to grow in abundance.  The Puna natives were also able to plant the Ulu in deep holes so that the leaves and fruit grew at ground level to make harvesting easier. Read more about this amazing  Ulu from Puna.  Puna Online

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Jan 032015
 

dorishibiscusTo Everything There Is A Season especially those closet quilts that have sat for years waiting to be dusted off , re-introduced and completed. Today Doris surprised me by showing up at class with her Hibiscus quilt completely appliqued and ready for quilting. After 15 years in the closet this hibiscus quilt will finally begin its finally journey.  Congratulations Doris for giving this quilt its season of completion.  What a beautiful design.  90 x 90 Designed by John Serrao.

I have always loved this quilt because of its double ring hibiscus design. I remember helping Doris lay out the quilt when we taught at the Queen Emma Summer Palace.  I would constantly ask Doris how her Hibiscus quilt was but she was always working on other quilting projects. Today her Hibiscus quilt  is ready for quilting  but as much as I love the this quilt I found  something better,   a close and amazing friend in Doris.

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Jan 022015
 

GenesisMany people find comfort in verse and song whiles others in quilting.  So when you  combine what inspires you and your quilting passion surprising things  happens.  Sometimes the designs are not only to show your quilting talent but what gives you breath.  22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao

Expand your creativity in design by creating the unusual like the sun, moon and stars instead of your normal flowers and trees. Take that step and dare yourself to be different.

 

 

 

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Jan 012015
 
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Morning Glory

Happy New Year to Our  Quilting Family.

Hope all of you had a great Christmas and  many blessings to all of you this New Year.  The Poakalani family had a great 2014 and while we expect and even more exciting year in 2015 things happen and we had to accept an unexpected change in our 2015 schedule….sadly we will not be part of the Honolulu Festival in March  due to a few changes,  hopefully we’ll be back in 2016.  It’s actually a blessing because  it gives us more time to prepare for our trip to Japan in October 2015.  More details later on this exciting trip to Yokohama, Japan. Until further notice we’re still having classes at the palace and we’ll let everyone know when we have to make the temporary move. So yes we are expecting amazing things this year and believe it’s going to be fun and awesome for everyone. Design by John Serrao 22″ x 22″

Cissy

 Posted by at 8:48 pm
Dec 182014
 

kimichristmasKimi’s Christmas  Wreath 2014 – Beautiful, Amazing and Stunning.

Kimi is one of our Kupulau(Master Certified Hawaiian Quilt  Instructor) she teaches in Nagoya, Japan and  an expert not only in Hawaiian quilting but also Hawaiian quilt designing.  

 

 

 

Dec 152014
 

Sunflower pattern designed using the 1/4 fold instead of the 1/8 fold.  This type of fold is used  more often when creating patterns for the 45″ x 60″ wall hanging and the 60″ x 90″ twin size bed.

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Sunflower 45″ x 45″ Wall hanging

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
Dec 142014
 

The Poakalani Family wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year.

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Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Class Christmas Photo

 

…and to all of our quilters thank you for an unbelievable year.   From our March Quilt show at the Honolulu Festival to our daily classes everyone has been only kind and wonderful.  Thank you for helping us to perpetuate an amazing tradition. We look forward to next year when we visit Yokohama, Japan in October  for the “Na Kupulau O Poakalani” quilt exhibition. Sponsored by 22 of Poakalani’s Certified Instructors.

John, Tuffy,  and Cissy

 

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Dec 112014
 

Yuko's PillowsYuko I just had to post your photo from Facebook to my website.  Bored on Molokai but look at those amazing Hawaiian Quilt Pillows.  They are beautiful.  You need to open a shop.

 

Yuko originally from Japan now lives with her husband on Molokai Island.  She is a Poakalani Certified Instructor and amazing friend. 

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Dec 092014
 
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Ti Leaf – Hawaii’s Good Luck Plant

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Kukui Nut

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Heleconia

Prior to 1972 only large Hawaiian Quilt patterns could be found.  When you attended your first  quilting class a large queen size pattern  and even king size patterns was your first introduction to Hawaiian quilting.  In 1972  John and Poakalani decided to design smaller patterns for the beginner quilter.  Inspired from the larger quilt patterns from Poakalanis grandmother  the smaller quilt patterns became very popular.  Today in most quilting classes especially ours everyone starts with a cushion pattern before cutting out the larger quilt.  Today, the smaller patterns not only make cushions  for our living room  but “Art On The Wall”.   Designed by John Serrao

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Honolulu Festival Final Update

We're  sad to announce that we've decided not to participate in this years Honolulu Festival.   Due to changes with the Festival and our busy schedule we believe that in the best interest of the class that we instead prepare for our trip to Japan in October. Thank You, Cissy    

Iolani Quilting Class Update -11/01/14

Great News!  Quilting Class will continue at the Iolani Palace Archives  in  December.     Renovations will not start until the beginning of next year.  Any questions please call us at 808-223-1108.  Thank You.