Mahalo – Class Starts back up this Saturday November 10

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Nov 052018
 

Saturday was an amazing day.  We finally laid to rest my dad, kumu John at the family plots in Oahu Cemetery.  He is now with mom. Thank you to my amazing family the Serrao’s, Kaleohano’s, Changs, Correa’s especially Aunty Jojo and Uncle David who was there for us. They held our hands while we planned his service.  Thank you especially to our dad’s and mom’s family who came in from Hilo, and Molokai. We love all of you. 

A special Thank you to my Quilting Family, what would we do without you. You supported us not just during this difficult time but while John struggled through his last days.  Thank you for all the refreshments you provided, also coming early to help set up the quilts and take down the quilts and transferring his flowers to the family plots.  Special thanks also to those who came in  from Canada, California and especially all of John’s Quilting Family from Japan.  We are humbled that you made the effort to come to Hawaii and hold our hand during this difficult time.   My heart is full.

Mahalo to our cousins, aunties, uncles, hula sisters, friends, co-workers,  former co-workers, all of John’s friends and everyone who came to support us. We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives. Also thank you to all who sent e-mails, snail mails, text messages, phone calls and especially those who sent flowers, lei’s and cards at the service. There are no words to express our gratitude and thanks. We are indeed Blessed.  Also a special Thank you to the Honolulu Police Department  who played their role in honoring dad. Tomorrow we move-on and on Saturday we will be continuing the quilting tradition through all our classes. Let us now celebrate life. 

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Let’s Celebrate – An Amazing Man

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Oct 262018
 

Let’s celebrate the Life of John F. Serrao Sr.  Saturday November 3. Oahu Cemetery Chapel 9:00am Services 10:30 Burial To Follow

Let’s also celebrate the continuation of his quilting class.

 

 

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…and the Tradition Continues

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Oct 062018
 

Today was the first day of Hawaiian Quilting Class at the Iolani Place without John.  He had not attended the class for about two months but this was the first class when we realized that he was never to return.  Thank you to all the ladies for your comfort and strength. The classes will continue as he wished because through all of us, and  with everything he taught us… Yes the Tradition of Hawaiian Quilting Will Continue. 

Here are a few quilts completed and proudly displayed today at class.

 

 

 

 

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So we did a Photo Shoot today

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Sep 302018
 

and magic happens.  ” The Hawaiian Quilting Ladies” of the Palace.   Here you go ladies a link to the photo to download. 

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Because Life Doesn’t Stop

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Sep 302018
 

I haven’t been to class in several seeks but these amazing ladies keep quilting their hearts desire.  Enjoy a few quilts completed and in progress.  I miss these ladies when I’m not there.

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Yes We Have Class Saturday, September 8

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Sep 062018
 

…just come early for parking and before the Parade starts.  Remember they’ll be closing some of the streets.  Let’s also help celebrate the awesome World Champions Little League Team.  We are so proud.  Now enjoy a re-post of this quilt from Eriko of Niigata.

 

 

 

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No Class Saturday…

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Aug 232018
 

Due to Hurricane Lane the Iolani Palace will be closed until Monday.   Everyone please stay safe.  We’ll see all of you next week.  Enjoy a few pictures of our amazing quilters.

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I just call it Pua Hauoli. The Happy Flower

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Aug 182018
 

Yes, it’s the Sun Flower, Quilted by long time Honolulu resident Takako Jenkins and designed by John Serrao.  Another keeper.    

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High Above The Tree Lives the Octopus.

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Aug 052018
 

Sometimes thinking out of the box brings about some amazing designs.  John’s designs usually range from the traditional to the whimsical.  While I love anything he designs it’s the whimsical that makes me pause, admire and smile. This amazing Octopus Tree design is given its unique characteristic by Pat Gorelangton.  While John always makes the patterns it’s Pat who brings it to life.  Congratulations Pat another Keeper.    

 

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June Miyasato – We Will Miss You

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Aug 042018
 

Our hearts are heavy.  Next week we’re going to be saying “Until We Meet Again” to our dear friend June Miyasato. If you’ve ever taken a Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Class then you know June.  An integral part of our quilting classes June volunteered and taught along side of us at the Missions Houses Museum, Queen Emma Summer Palace, The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and for a little while at the Iolani Palace before retiring from quilting.  We would not have been able to teach as many people as we did without her help and because of her Hawaiian Quilting is alive and flourishing.  She was an amazing teacher, a dear friend to Poakalani, and part of not only our quilting family but our family.  We quilted together, traveled together, and always shared a meal together after the classes.  We will miss her.  June was 92.

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We’re so proud of Linda…

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Aug 042018
 

Congratulations Linda for finishing your amazing Ulu(Breadfruit) Quilt. It is truly beautiful a reflection of you.  John loves it too and sends his aloha and mahalo for completing one of his designs.

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Don’t Forget NO Class July21

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Jul 202018
 

 

See all of you back on July 28.  Until then enjoy this amazing Pineapple and Hibiscus applique quilt that was just cut and laid out for basting. Once the applique is complete and all the raw edges are turned under the pattern will reveal its amazing design.  Look at those colors.  Another amazing design by John.

 

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Schedule Change – Class back on for July 28 & Ethel’s Quilt

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Jul 132018
 

Being away from classes two weeks in a row can be difficult so we’re happy that due to a cancellation we’re able to meet on July 28 for our regularly  scheduled class.  No class on July 21 but we’re back on July 28. 

Ethel’s Quilt. Also thank you to Kathy Yee for sending us a picture of her now completed closet quilt. Like many family members Kathy inherited this quilt from her mother Ethel Yim a long time quilter of ours from Queen Emma Summer Palace.  After Ethel’s passing the quilt stayed in the closet for over 15 years but since retiring her daughter Kathy finally finished the quilt for her son Damien.  We are so proud of Kathy and happy to see one of John’s earlier designs, the Bamboo and Monsterra.  A Keeper. We miss you Ethel

 

 

 

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No Class November 3

October 26, 2018
Let us all celebrate the life and accomplishments of our amazing designer John Serrao Sr. Oahu Cemetery Chapel November 3, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm