Honolulu Festival 2018

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Mar 152018

Please enjoy a few pictures from our Quilt Exhibit 2018. It was amazing and beautiful. I wish I had the time to tell you about every quilt and quilter they’re all so special to our class.  Please forgive me if I forgot to post some quilts as well as quilters.. I did my best.  Enjoy.



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It Was A Huge Success

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Mar 122018

…all because of these amazing quilters.   All of you please take a bow.  You made this the best Honolulu Festival Quilt Show Ever.  Thank you for your help and continued support of the Poakalani Quilting Legacy.  We love all of you and we’re now going to start planning for 2020. 

Special Thanks to JTB and the Honolulu Festival for giving us a beautiful venue to showcase the quilts, Anne of Anne’s Hawaiian Quilts who was our liaison and actually made this happen, the husbands we can’t forget the husbands and Gordon  who came out to hang the large quilts, the quilters who were also there the “WHOLE” time from hanging to take down, my cousin Kaylene you are so awesome, and our on-line supporters and quilters from all over the globe. Let’s continue to perpetuate this amazing fabric art unique only to Hawaii. 

A Special Thank you to my Serrao Ohana, Aunty Jojo & Uncle David, Cousin Lei Momi, The Richard Serrao Ohana who allowed us to showcase the Family Quilts by Tutu Hattie Serrao.  Quilt Show pictures to follow soon.      



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3 more days…. March 10-11

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Mar 072018

…and we’ll be at the Honolulu Festival at the Honolulu Convention Center showcasing our students quilts.  It’s going to be “Great”. Until then enjoy this completed wall hanging from my dear friend Sabine in Germany.  Amazing Plumeria Quilt.  Hawaiian Quilting can be found even in Germany. Thank you Sabine for sending the picture.

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Sneak Peak – Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11

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Feb 252018

Come and Join us at our Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit at the Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11. First Showing for many new quilts as well as quilts brought back for a second showing by popular demand.  Here is a sneak peak of one of the quilts.  Come to the quilt show  to see the full quilt, It’s going to be a great exhibit. 

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The Next Generation of Quilters

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Feb 252018

John broke his old record of designing patterns in our Saturday Class.  Six new  45″ x 45″ designs for the next generation of quilters. Great Day and John had a good day. 

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Honolulu Festival March 10, 11

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Feb 182018

We have a side room in the quilting class called the “overflow” room. When the main room fills to capacity the “overflow” room is used.  Well, in the past few months we’ve had to use the “overflow” room  We love it that there are so many wanting to quilt Hawaiian.  They age from 9 – 83.  Great classes, amazing quilters and friends.  

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Count Down to The Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11

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Feb 042018

Another amazing quilt for the Honolulu Festival.  The pattern was designed by John almost 10 years ago and finally quilted by Takako Jenkins.  Na Koa – The Guardian—Symbols of the  Ti Leaf, War Club to the Warriors Helmet. A strong quilt of protection.  Takako John Says thank you.  1/2 Fold, 45″ x 60″.

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Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11

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Jan 292018

It’s official we’re back again at the Honolulu Festival 2018. We’re excited to display quilts made by the members of the Poakalani Quilting Family.  It’s going to be another amazing show.  So mark your calendar and visit us at the festival.  Food, cultural displays and entertainment.  Until then enjoy this amazing quilt by one of the students of Naomi who teaches in Kobe.  Great job student and Kumu Naomi.


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It’s all in the giving….

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Jan 142018

Congratulations Carla who made this amazing wall hanging and cushion top for a fundraising raffle. What an amazing surprise it would be to win one of these.  You’re always giving.  I’m glad you enjoy coming to our classes because we really enjoy having you.

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Those darn empty spaces….

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Jan 042018

You can choose to either cut the excess fabric around the edge of the quilt  to make a smaller quilt, or  keep the edge and have an amazing echo quilted border or actually add another design.  I love the new addition to the sunflower quilt.  Great choice Takako.   

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Finding Circles

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Dec 182017

So during one of John’s creative moments he designed 6 amazing circular patterns.  I believe they are some of his best designs and many others also agree but during this creative moment he randomly gave away the original designs(I think we have copies, no sure yet)  So it’s always a surprise when someone comes to the class and opens up the quilt they’re working on and finding one of the circular designs.  The Ipu(Gourd) quilt designed by John Serrao a work in progress by Pineapple Keiko.  Amazing colors. 

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Dec 042017

I’ve always wondered how many patterns John created  with the same theme.  The monsterra is always popular, the hibiscus, Heliconia and especially the pineapple but with the recent voyage of the Hokulea… it has now become one of popular designs to quilt.  Tomiko’s (on the left) Hokulea wall hanging. Loving those dolphins in the waves. Using not only the technique of needle turn applique but also reverse applique. Can’t wait to see it completed.

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

February 19, 2017
Aloha Everyone, We were all  aware that the Kanaina Building was scheduled for renovations a year ago.  We are now getting closer to the renovation date so we will be on a week to week notice for the quilting classes.  Please keep checking weekly for an updated status.  We will be at the Iolani Palace  through the month of December but haven't gotten any update for the month of January or February.  We have found a temporary home at the Bishop Museum when the renovations begin and will let you know when the time gets closer.. Thank you for your patience.   Cissy