Lei Okika

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Lei Okika
Sep 302014
 

orchidtems2014full

Orchid  blossoms is a favorite at weddings for center pieces, bride’s bouquets, corsages and even in the brides orchids08hair.  In some weddings the guests even throw orchids instead of the traditional rice. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js651-bk7

Taro & O’opu

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Taro & O’opu
Sep 292014
 

tarofish2014full

Taro

oopu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spending the summer with his grandparents  in Laie John always spoke about cleaning the  Taro Patches and the O’opu that lived within its water. This quilt was designed by John for those summer days in the country. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js662-bk8

Read more about the O’opu by clicking on the photo from The Hawaii Biological Survey.  Here are some other amazing links about the Oopu.

Hamakua Marsh, Pacific WorldsHawaii Nature Journal

 

<

Mauna Loa Vine

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Mauna Loa Vine
Sep 282014
 

Mauna Loa Orchid

Mauna Loa Vine

Maunaloa Lei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can tell how rare or popular a flower is when you find very few images on the Internet and for the Mauna Loa Vine very few images exist.   So when John was visiting Hana years ago and came across the Mauna Loa Vine he was excited.  The Mauna Loa is a cherished flower in the islands because it is very difficult to find.  The flowers were made into beautiful Mauna Loa Lei’s and if you ever received such a lei you knew you were special.  The Mauna Loa flower is one of three flowers that will not past agriculture inspection in Honolulu that’s why I call it the locals flower.  45″ x45″  Designed by John Serrao/js650-bk7

 

I found the photo on Dave’s garden website.  Visit his really great page which has one of the largest plant database in the world.  Happy Gardening. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/177277/

Sunny Winter Gardens – Shell Ginger & Heleconia

 90" x 90" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Sunny Winter Gardens – Shell Ginger & Heleconia
Sep 272014
 

Shell GingerShell Ginger

Heleconia

It only takes 5 days of traveling on the Mainland for me to start missing my island home.  Hawaii doesn’t have the amazing four seasons, especially Winter and Fall  like the mainland,  but we have that nonstop floral blossoms blooming year round, every day rain or shine.   This quilt was designed for Hawaii’s Sunny Winter Gardens.  90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao

 

Hapuu – Hawaiian Tree Fern

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Hapuu – Hawaiian Tree Fern
Sep 262014
 

Hapuukahoolaweorfull

Hapuu FernHapuu Fern

Hapuu Fern – The curls of the young lacy fronds slowly opens  into larger leaves that can grow up to 15  feet in length and the tree 15-20 feet tall. Found mostly in the wetlands of the islands the Hapuu held water and helped the Hawaiians survive during times of drought and famine.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js659-bk8, js641-bk7

The Hapuu Fern is my favorite tree fern that was once abundant on all the Hawaiian islands but now only found  on Hawaii Island.  Over harvesting, diminishing rainforest and housing development has reduced the hapu’u stands drastically.  Click on the link to read about this beautiful Native Island Fern from the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources  CLICK HERE

Heleconia Garden

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Heleconia Garden
Sep 252014
 

Orange HeleconiaYellow Heleconia

 

Another favorite design of John’s because of it’s long lines and simple uncomplicated beauty, the Heleconia  comes in various colors  and perfect for the larger floral arrangements. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js672-bk8

Monstera Patch

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Monstera Patch
Sep 242014
 

monsterra2014flmonsterra

 

Did you know that the Monstera plant is also called the Swiss Cheese Plant. Just look at the leaves and you can see why.   Seen though out the Hawaiian Islands  in gardens and climbing trees it’s big bold green leaves is a favorite among gardeners.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js652-bk7

 

 

Lei Pua Melia

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Lei Pua Melia
Sep 232014
 

plumerialfull2014thumb

 

  Plumeria

The plumeria  flower found throughout Polynesia is a favorite in Hawaii.  It’s overwhelming scented flower was strung into floral leis and used especially by the hula girls.  Dancing to the strum of the ukulele the plumeria leis enhanced the beauty of the dancer.   45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js668-bk8

Every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00pm during my High School Summers I danced with my Hula Halau at the Ala Moana Center Stage.  I needed to have all my costumes ironed and prepped and my leis sewn for each performance.  But unlike my other Hula Sisters it was easy for me to find the plumeria blossoms.  My paternal grandparents had their own plumeria garden right in their own back yard. So I spent my mornings picking and stringing the beautiful plumeria leis.  

Girls Day

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Girls Day
Sep 222014
 

250px-HinaSetClick on the photo to find out more about Girls Day….

 

Originated in Japan March 3 Girls Day is celebrated with a display of finely crafted dolls as we pray for hope,  happiness and abundance for our daughters, nieces and granddaughters.    45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js645-bk7

Mea Ai O Ke Kai – Uhu and He’e

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Mea Ai O Ke Kai – Uhu and He’e
Sep 222014
 

Mea Ai O Ke Kai

The coral reef was home to many species of fish especially the He’e and Uhu(Parrot Fish) Unfortunately it was also an easy food source for the hungry Hawaiians.  This quilt was designed for those days of spear fishing among the many coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao Personal Design.

Read  more about Hawaii’s Parrot Fish from the Maui Ocean Center

Uhu

Pua Okika

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Pua Okika
Sep 172014
 

Pua Okika

Orchids

Because of Hawaii’s ideal climate the islands  are now a major center for commercial orchids farms and also popular are orchid patterns for Hawaiian quilts. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js675-bk8

Kukui Nut

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Kukui Nut
Sep 142014
 

kukui2014Kukui Nut Tree

 

 

 

Symbolizing strength and light the Kukui Nut is an invaluable tree to the Hawaiian People.  From the oil and nut which lite the Hawaiian homes to the roots and leaves which were used for medicinal purposes as well as dyes. The Kukui Nut tree also graces many tourist with it’s nutty leis. 45″ x 45″   Designed by John Serrao/js660-bk8

 

Photo From Native Plants of Hawaii DLNR …learn more about Hawaii’s Native Plants especially the Kukui Nut.

 

Mamo – Yellow Lehua

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Mamo – Yellow Lehua
Sep 142014
 

Mamo - Yellow Lehua

There were two types of Mamo patterns when my Tutu Correa quilted back in the 1920’s.  Sometimes the Mamo represented the beautiful Yellow Lehua Blossoms and sometimes the Mamo bird known for it’s yellow feathers and used to make the feather capes for Hawaii’s Na Alii.  This quilt is for the fragile Yellow Lehua Blossoms. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js642-bk7

Yellow Lehua

Did you know that there is a tradition that you never pick a lehua flower because it will cause it to rain and that the bark and the young leaves were used for various medicinal preparation.  Learn all about the Ohia Lehua by following this link http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hi?Plants.ohia  or click on the photo.

Pua Rose

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Pua Rose
Sep 142014
 

rose2014tu

When Poakalani was a little girl she asked her grandmother, ” Where do babies come from?” and her grandmother told her that they found her underneath the Rose Bush in the front yard. From that time Poakalani loved roses especially that Rose bush in her front yard. This quilt was designed for those days of innocence. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js669-bk8

 

 

Peace Rose Garden

 

Read about the Honolulu Rose Society and their Peace & Heroes Rose Garden and then visit their garden located in Pearl City, Oahu which is part of the Urban Garden Center.

 

Pink Ginger

 45" x 45" Quilt Designs, Design First  Comments Off on Pink Ginger
Sep 102014
 

Pink GingerPink Ginger

The Pink Ginger like the Red Gingers are seen throughout the islands,  changing Hawaii’s Landscape into tiny mini-gardens. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrrao/js655-bk7

Web Design MymensinghPremium WordPress ThemesWeb Development

March 4th Class Venue Change

February 28, 2017February 28, 2017
Our March 4th Class will be held at the Bishop Museum Atherton Halau.  Join us there for a little quilting. 

Building Renovation Kanaina Building

February 19, 2017February 19, 2017
Aloha Everyone, We were all  aware that the Kanaina Building was scheduled for renovations a year ago.  We are 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 there through the month of March but haven't gotten any update for the month of April.  We have found a temporary home when the renovations begin and will let you know when the time gets closer.. Thank you for your patience.   Cissy

Please mark your calendar March 25, 2017.

December 19, 2016December 19, 2016
March 25 - We're off to Las Vegas for 5 days.