Oct 202014
 

Monkey Pod

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The Monkey Pod trees with its large umbrella canopy can easily be found in Hawaii’s parks shading the locals and tourist from Hawaii’s hot sun.  The most famous monkey pod tree is  of course  the Hitachi Tree located in Moanalua Gardens while less famous but beautiful trees can be found at Iolani Palace, Queen Emma Summer Palace and even Kapiolani Park.   90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao Quilted by Eriko Furukawa

 

Monkey Pod trees can be found throughout the islands unfortunately the Honolulu City Council  passed a new ordinance  that only indigenous or Polynesian introduced plants can be used in new landscaping.  While we won’t be saying goodbye to our trees neither are we going to see new monkey pod trees planted.

 

Oct 192014
 

Pua Melia - Plumeria

Plumeria

My mom Poakalani was a great story teller.  She loved to talk about “HER” good old days; especially growing up with her sister Danette and cousin Francene and of course her home on School Street. She would reminisce  about how they would dare each other to walk through Oahu cemetery at night and pick the Make Man flowers that grew there.  Of course my mom would always win because she was never afraid of that cemetery believing her family who were buried there would keep her safe.  And the Make Man(Dead Man) flower… was the plumeria blossoms given that nick name only because it grew in many of the island cemeteries.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

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.

Oct 142014
 

Kaunaoakaunaoa

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

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

Maui MagazineHawaii Forest & Trail

 

Oct 132014
 

Poakalani's Papale

Sometimes unexpected gifts brings hope when we need it the most and this quilt arrived by mail for Poakalani at a time when she was feeling her worst and needed something, anything to lift her spirits. Poakalani loved this quilt depicting her love for hats and the beautiful Morning Glory blossoms.  It brought her great comfort and today even though she is no longer with us this  quilt brings back only good memories of a great lady who was a loving wife to John,  caring mother to her 4 children, over indulging grandmother to her two granddaughters  and amazing quilting teacher to her many students. Thank you Kimi who designed and quilted Poakalani’s hat, she loved opening the unexpected box . You held a special place in her heart.  45″ x 45″

Do you have a quilt that brings back memories of a special person or event? 

Oct 122014
 

 

John has two grandchildren both girls. The oldest mo’opuna(grandchild) was given John’s favorite Hawaiian name Pomaika’i which means blessed but all the quilters call her Missy, her bestowed upon nickname from her grandmother Poakalani.   This quilt was designed by John for Missy…Hearts for a special girl from a very over protective grandfather.  Quilted by Aunty Tomiko Okada 90″ x 90″

John said this was one of the easiest quilts he designed.  All he thought of was his quiet and smart granddaughter and her compassion  for helping others, hence the hearts. The color blue was chosen for the design because of course it’s Missy’s favorite color but by also choosing a solid dark color and a white/off white background the design becomes the focal point. Like we say in the quilting world the design pops from it’s canvas showcasing the amazing design. 

Oct 112014
 

Naupaka

Naupaka

 

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

 

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

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

Oct 082014
 

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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

 

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

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.

Oct 032014
 

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John has several rules when designing, and one of those rules is…NO BIRDS..  Every time John designs a bird for a quilter the quilter eventually moves back to the mainland.  So no birds but  then a few days ago he came across this amazing orchid, a dove orchid.  So he followed his own rule of  no birds but instead designed a very beautiful dove orchid.  22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao.  Click on the photo for more amazing orchids from the thefeaturecreatured.com

 

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Due to permit problems renovations is not scheduled to start until December. I'm hoping for January but until then we will continue to have class at the Archives building through November.  Any questions please call us at 808-223-1108.  Thank You.