Dove Orchids

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Nov 032014
 

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I posted the 22″ x 22″ Dove Orchid Design/Pattern on October 3, 2014,  since than John has designed the dove orchid for a larger quilt as well.  One for a wall hanging 45″ x 45″ and another, which you see here is for the larger quilt.  90″x 90″  Designed by John Serrao.

Hala Kahiki – Pineapple

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Oct 162014
 

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Did you know that the Hawaiians believed the Pineapple looked very similar to the Hala Fruit, so similar that the Hawaiians gave the pineapple the name Hala Kahiki meaning  Fruit or Hala from a foreign place.  So here is another  Pineapple pattern one of the most requested designs for John. 90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao. Personal Design

Naupaka – Love Lost, Love Found

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Oct 112014
 

Naupaka

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Naupaka – The legend of the Naupaka speaks about love lost.  One version tells the story of two lovers kept apart because they came from different social classes. One was banished to the mountain and the other to the sea.  Unable to live apart they both died from broken hearts.  Upon their graves grew the Naupaka, half flowers found near the ocean and the other in the mountains.  90″ x 90″Designed by John Serrao

The Naupaka is one of John’s favorite designs but on his quilts the legend continues where the lovers meet again and lives happily every after. The  flowers are designed close together reuniting in love.

Here are some wonderful legends of the Naupaka blossoms  Hawaii Aloha, Maui Canoe Club

 

Harry’s Fishing Tales

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Oct 052014
 

Harry's Fishing Tale

 

Harry’s Fishing Tale

Fishing with his brothers on the weekends for Harry was a time  of relaxing,  talking story  and  brothers kinship.   90″ x 90″ Personal Design by John Serrao

Every Quilt Tells A Story…Harry is the husband of one of our quilters.  During quilting class she would always tell us  stories how all five brothers would go fishing on weekends or when time allowed when life got busy.  Well, many years have gone by and the brothers are older now  and are unable to fish as much as they use to but it’s those fond memories of their younger years that they can now reminisce on. This quilt is for Harry a special design request from his wife for a special husband.

Lily Pond

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Sep 082014
 

Lily Pond

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The Lily Pond is starting to become a very popular quilt design not because of it’s lilies and lotus blossoms but it’s Japanese Carp and their rainbow colors. 90″ x90″  Designed by John Serrao

Did you know that the most expensive Koi Carp sold for over 2 million dollars.  Beautiful on a quilt but very expensive to purchase.  Read more about that rainbow color fish.  http://molometer.hubpages.com/hub/Koi-Carp-An-Ancient-Long-Lived-Ornamental-Fish

Cup Of Gold

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Sep 062014
 

Cup of Gold

The Cup of Gold is also known as the Golden Chalice Vine or Hawaiian Lily.  Read more about this amazing vine and why it’s one of Cissy’s favorite flowers. 90″ x 90″  Design by John Serrao   http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Apr/07/il/FP604070322.html

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The first time I really noticed this vine was in 2012 when I visited Allerton Gardens on Kauai with friends.  This vine was growing on a tree that was more than 30 feet tall.

Legend of the Ulu

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Sep 022014
 

Ulu - Breadfruit


‘Ulu is associated with many Hawaiian myths and legends.Legend traces its origin to a time of famine when Ku, the god of building and war, buried himself in the earth near his home. He later turned into an `ulu tree so that his wife and children would not starve. Ku had told his wife that a fruit shaped like a man’s head would spring from his body. “My body will be the trunk and branches; my hands will be the leaves; the heart, core, inside the fruit will be my tongue. Roast the fruit, soak it, beat off the skin, eat some yourself, and feed the children.

Designed for the “Legend of the Ulu”, 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Hawaiian Myths and Legends http://nadineprice.com/hawaii/plants/myths.html

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Queen Emma’s Garden

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Sep 022014
 

Queen Emma's Garden


Queen Emma’s Garden in Nuuanu was once filled with Torch Gingers and Shell Gingers.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

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Before teaching at the Iolani Palace Archives building we were honored to teach for about 13 years at the Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nuuanu.  Located in lush Nuuanu Valley many of John’s quilt designs are memories of those amazing quilting mornings.

http://www.onlyinhawaii.org/queen-emmas-summer-palace-hawaii/

Na Keiki o Kahakai

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Sep 022014
 

Na Keiko O Kahakai


The child of the sea…Dolphins and Turtles.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

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Many tales speak of how the dolphins came to the rescue of many swimmers in distress in our Hawaiian Oceans.  Friends to our island people the dolphins are forever loved as a guardian, friend and child of the sea.  Read more about our Friends of the Sea.

http://www.wildhawaii.org/marinelife/dolphins.html

Elsie’s Garden

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Sep 012014
 

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Heleconia Garden – Inspired by our quilter Elsie who loves to share with us her garden stories and who inspired John to create this pattern.  90″x 90″  Designed by John Serrao Personal Design

 One of my favorite places to visit when I’m on Hawaii island is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  After you visit this amazing garden it will be your favorite too.  All you floral photographers bring extra batteries for your camera’s.

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

 

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Class Cancellation Schedule – Please Read Updated 08-13-17

May 15, 2017May 15, 2017
*No Class September 9 - Las Vegas Hoolaulea - Henderson, Nevada *No Class October 14 - Yokohama " Na Pua o Puuwai" - Flowers From The Heart Hawaiian Quilt Exhibition  

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