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Sep 302014
 

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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

Sep 292014
 

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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

 

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Sep 282014
 

Mauna Loa Orchid

Mauna Loa Vine

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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/

Sep 272014
 

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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

 

Sep 262014
 

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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

Sep 242014
 

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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

 

 

Sep 232014
 

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  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.  

Sep 222014
 

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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

Sep 222014
 

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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

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Sep 142014
 

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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.

 

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.

Sep 142014
 

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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.

 

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Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Classes Canceled Until Further Notice

January 20, 2020
For the safety and health of our quilting family the Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Classes have been canceled until further notice.  It was an easy decision for both of us because we want all of you healthy when we return when all of this is over.  If any of you need anything and I mean anything please give us a call 223-1108.  In the meantime please also stay safe, wash your hands, don't touch your face and pray this will be over soon.  All of you are in our daily prayers.      Tuffy & Cissy