Kauna’oa

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Oct 142014
 
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One of several lei’s mentioned in  Hawaiian legends the Kauna’oa is mostly known for being the designated flower of Lanai Island.  The orange and yellow vine can be found along coastal areas with sandy soils. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js639-bk7

Click on the photo to read more about the amazing Kauna’oa and here are other great links.

Maui MagazineHawaii Forest & Trail

 

Pua Ilima

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Oct 102014
 

Lei Ilima

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Legends, stories and songs talks about the fragile and pretty pua ilima.  Strung into leis and worn by all,  the ilima is the designated flower of Oahu and a once a favorite flower of Queen Emma. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js677-bk8

Read more about the beautiful Pua Ilima.  State Symbols USA

Maile Lau Lii

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Oct 092014
 

Maile Lei

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Highly Prized by the Na Alii, the Kings and Queens of Hawaii, the Maile Lau Lii is one of the most treasured lei in Hawaii because of it’s difficulty to acquire and find.  Today the maile lei is only given during very special occasions.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js663-bk8

Read more about the maile lei and its connection to Hawaiian culture and legends.  Honolulu Star Advertiser, Pacific Island Parks

Pua Melia – Plumeria

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Oct 082014
 

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Plumeria

 

 

 

 

 

My Tutu(Grandmother) was a lei seller.  Her home was always filled with a variety of flowers and someone was always stringing the blossoms into beautiful leis, but of all the flowers they strung, by far the plumeria was the prettiest because of it’s variety of colors.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js673-bk8

 

Noname

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Oct 072014
 

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Noname are quilts that are beautiful to look at but the name and type of flower has been forgotten.  The true meaning of the design belongs only to the designer.  John has several Noname quilts.  He would see a plant or flower that he likes, make the design but have no idea what the flower or plant is. He only knows  that it’s beautiful and makes for  a lovely quilt design.  Hopefully one day I’ll find the name of the plant.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js657-bk7

Torii & Cherry Blossoms- The Gateway

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Oct 012014
 

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National Symbols of Japan

Found throughout Japan wherever  a  Shinto  shrine exist,  the Torii symbolizes the gateway to a Sacred Place. Where only the good and  pure may enter.   45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js646-bk7

Read more about the Torii and it’s meaning by clicking on the photo.

Lei Okika

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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

Taro & O’opu

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Sep 292014
 

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Taro

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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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Mauna Loa Vine

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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/

Hapuu – Hawaiian Tree Fern

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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

Heleconia Garden

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Sep 252014
 

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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

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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

 

 

Lei Pua Melia

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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.  

Girls Day

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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

Mea Ai O Ke Kai – Uhu and He’e

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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

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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.