Alena

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Sep 012014
 

Part of John’s Native Hawaiian Plants Series  The Alena,  a native  medicinal plant was used as a diuretic for the Hawaiian people and also eaten as a famine food. 90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao.

Kanaha Beach on Maui is home to many things native Hawaiian from plants, insects, birds, fish to corals and limu’s. If you have the time and love everything Hawaiian this is the place to visit.  http://www.hear.org/naturalareas/kanahabeach/#plants

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Ohelo Berries

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Aug 292014
 

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Ohelo Berries

Ohelo Berries are found mostly in Volcano National Park on Hawaii Island. The berry slightly tart to sweet is a favorite among the locals for jellies and Jams and also loved by Hawaii’s State bird the Nene Goose. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao – Personal Design

 

 

Legends of the Ohelo Berries

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/May/19/il/FP605190309.html

http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/bridges/bigisland/species/vacret.htm

 

Ko – Sugar Cane

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Aug 192014
 

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Hawaiian Sugar Cane

We all remember those Keiki Days when our parents would take us on a car ride around the island. If dad started our trip on the west side of the island even before we reached the ocean we  would see miles of Pineapple and Sugar Cane Fields, from the Ewa Plain, Waialua,  to Wahiawa. Today the Sugar Cane and Pineapple Fields are gone and  been replaced by new housing developments but those Keiki Day Memories are still special to us.  90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

  Did you know that Sugar Cane is called a Canoe Plant. Read here about Hawaii’s Canoe Plants. http://www.canoeplants.com/ko.html

Bamboo

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Aug 182014
 

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DSC00808Playing an integral role in Hawaiian culture the bamboo had many uses from storage vessels, musical instruments to bamboo stamps.  John created this design to show the simplistic beauty of the bamboo.   This pattern is great for the beginner quilter.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John  Serrao

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

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Aug 162014
 

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles


I’m forever blowing bubbles
Pretty bubbles in the air
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky
Then like my dreams they fade and die

Fortune’s always hiding
I’ve looked everywhere
I’m forever blowing bubbles
Pretty bubbles in the air

In 2007 while at our quilting class at the  Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center John was thinking back to the Old Stadium which was located on King Street and the Shriner’s Football Game. One of the songs that was sung by the crowds was the Dean Martin song I’m forever blowing bubbles.  So while singing and reminiscing of the old days he designed this quilt of the island flowers in their own bubbles.  The Anthurium, Plumeria, Hibiscus, Pua Kenikeni, Orchids and Carnations. 108″ x 108″ King Size Pattern.  Designed by John Serrao (Personal Design)

Single Color or Muti-Color?  This quilt is definitely for the I LOVE APPLIQUE crowd.

OLd Honolulu Stadium

 Click the Photo to learn more about the Old Honolulu Stadium http://archives.starbulletin.com/96/11/25/features/story2.html

Waikahalulu – Liliuokalani Gardens

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Aug 132014
 

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Waikahalulu – Today known as the Liliuokalani Gardens  which was once filled with an abundance of exotic flowers.  Red Gingers, Yellow Gingers, Bird of Pradise, Torch Gingers and of course the Heleconia. This quilt was designed for that secret hideaway in lower Nuuanu.     90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao.

My Tutu Correa’s home was very near to Waikahalulu Falls.  In fact today I live right next door to this legendary place.  My mother would tell us that if you have the “sight” sometimes you could see the wahine mo’o (mermaid) siting on the rocks brushing her long hair.  My mom would also tell us that Tutu would also warn the boys not to swim in that famous  water hole because the wahine mo’o loves boys.  Today records show that only the male gender has ever died at Waikahalulu Falls.

Hana’s Papaya

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Aug 112014
 

Hana Papaya

In Hana the Papaya Trees grows tall, very tall.  The flowers reaches out from it’s center and branches out.  John created this design to remember the Papaya Trees that  grows in the remote and beautiful town of Hana. Pattern 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

 

 

 

 

 

Take A Trip To Hana Maui

http://www.mauiinformationguide.com/road-to-hana.php

Years ago we were invited to Hana Maui to share with the residence Hawaiian Quilting.  Advertisement for the show were posters pinned to the  Bulletin Board at  the Post Office and the Hasegawa General Store and of course aunty calling cousin calling sister and so forth.  We taught Hawaiian Quilting and Designing  for two days at one of the most beautiful spots in Hana,  Ala Kukui.  If you ever have a chance to visit Hana please visit Ala Kukui a place where ohana and aloha still exists.

 

 

Na Pua Ui O Hawaii – The Beautiful Flowers of Hawaii

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Aug 102014
 

Floral GardenTraditionally you never drew a Hawaiian Quilt pattern with more than one type of flower or plant in the design.  Like Mealii Kalama, one of Hawaii’s most renown quilter and designer said,” God never intended for two types of flowers to grow from the same root”.  But John being kolohe(rascal) told Mealii that it’s okay for him to design many flowers on one quilt because he was of mixed race. (Half Hawaiian/Half Portuguese) .  Thus, the old tradition while important John sometimes designs quilts that brings together many flowers and plants to be displayed on one quilt. This quilt is not for the beginner and will challenge any quilter BUT when complete it will be a show stopper.

Pattern:  90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao (Personal Design)

Pepeluali – February the month of true love.

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Jul 262014
 

Hearts and Roses


The symbol of hearts and roses has always been associated with Love, Valentines Day and of course the month of February.  John designed this quilt in honor of the month of February as part of our Holiday Series.

Pattern: 45″x 45″ Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

Learn how to say Happy Valentines Day in Hawaiian

 

http://www.govisithawaii.com/2013/02/11/how-to-say-happy-valentines-day-in-hawaiian/

 

Kaipaupau Papa – Island Reef

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Jul 262014
 
Ocean Reef

Memory quilts are those that are designed about  a special memory that one holds dear.  This pattern was created when John was reminiscing about the old days and  diving among the reefs on the North Shore of Oahu.  From the eels, to the turtles and manta ray memories of old, like a picture taken in time can be made into some beautiful Hawaiian quilts.

Pattern:  90″x 90″ Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

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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