Maile Ilima Wallhanging

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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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Bachelors Buttons

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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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He Inoa No Kamehameha II – We Must Always Remember

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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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Plant a Ulu(Breadfruit) tree.

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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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To Everything There Is A Season

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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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Genesis 1:1-5 Let There Be Light and There Was Light

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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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Morning Glory – Expect Amazing Things and Believe

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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

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Class Cancellation Schedule – Please Read Updated 05-27-2

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*No Class June 10 - Kamehameha Day *No Class July 15 - Prince Lot Hula Festival *No Class August 5 - Ahahui Hawaii' Aloha Aina

Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

February 19, 2017February 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 June but haven't gotten any update for the month of July.  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