Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts: Hilo, Hawai`i

Out of the 3029 passengers on the ship, I suspect we were the only two that went to see quilts in Hilo.  As we are wont to do, we were just wandering around the town to see what was going on.

The big event was the week-long Merrie Monarch Hula Festival highlighted by a three-day hula competition.  It was dedicated to Kind David La`amea Kalᾱkaua who reigned from 1874 to 1891 and is celebrated for his fun-loving support of music and dance.  Unfortunately, one has to make reservations up to a year in advance, so that will have to wait for another trip.

But when we passed the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, we noticed they had a show devoted to contemporary Hawaiian quilts.  We decided to see what they were all about.  Here are a few of the 50 quilts on display.

In a news report, Roberta Muller, who teaches a free quilting class at the Center, said her quilts usually take about 400 hours to make.  The usual process is to appliqué a pattern onto a piece of fabric; that is, to sew it with ornamental needlework.  Then the piece is quilted — two pieces of fabric are sewn together with padding between them using lines of needlework, often in a pattern itself.

Click on images to enlarge and to see the artists’ names.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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10 Responses to Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts: Hilo, Hawai`i

  1. Lovely images – especially like the Ae’o Pond II” Zee Sarr

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  2. wampas says:

    Thanks Ray for forwarding the beautiful story of the quilts. Being a quasi quilter myself, I can certainly appreciate the beautiful stitchery and the work involved in all of these quilts. It takes a LOT of time and work, believe me. Just ask Joanie Anfinsen! I loved the conversations that Alie and I had via a phonecall a week or so ago = all’s fine here except as with you, we are soaked and are about to get another dose this weekend. Hugs to you both, Pat


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  3. Dee Gilbert says:

    I love to look and appreciate such beautiful work. Home Economics in high school taught us how to do some quilting and to stitch. The activity requires skill and patience. In both, I am lacking! 😄

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  4. Gorgeous quilts…that owl is amazing!! My husband and I are going to Hawaii in two years for our 30th anniversary and I would love to run into this!

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  5. Sue Slaght says:

    Aren’t those extraordinary quilts! Always a delight to discover these gems in our travels. One of my best friends is an exceptional quilter. Her creations astonish me with their beauty.

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  6. I have always admired quilts and the artists behind them, especially the patience it takes to complete them!

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  7. Certainly not our grandmother’s quilts, Ray! I like them. Peggy has gotten into quilting and loves it. Here’s a recommendation, if you ever make it near Paducah, Kentucky, be sure to visit its quilting museum. Simply out of this world. It gave me a whole new perspective. –Curt

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