A Little Quilt History…The Hawaiian Way : Several pages of history from Quilts Hawaii about the Hawaiian quilting

Aloha From Hawaii: Article about Helen Friend, a Hawaiian master quilt artist. Several of her quilts are shown.

Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawai’i: Information about wauke, the paper mulberry tree, which is the plant from which bark cloth is made including how it was processed and used.

Cook Islands Tivaevae: "Tivaevae are bed covers. The making of tivaevae, similar to cotton quilts, has become the most important art and craft skill practiced on the Cook Islands. Tivaevae replaced tapa (bark) cloth, and, to a certain extent, woven mats in traditional ceremonies. Tivaevae have become the most valued treasure in every household." This site goes on to discuss and show examples of three styles of Tivaevae. On this site, you can also access information about:

Creating in the Master’s Shadow : Art review of an exhibit where three masters in their field (including Moana Eisele, kappa maker) exhibit works with their apprentices. Kapa made by Moana and his apprentice is shown, clickable for close-up view.

Deborah Kakalia : A master Hawaiian quilt artist. This image is of a quilt she created to mark the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian kingdom’s overthrow. The designs symbolize Hawaiian royalty. It is part of the collection of the Bishop Museum.

· Have Quilt, Will Demonstrate : This is an article in the August 19, 1998 issue of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that shows a beautiful, close-up picture of Deborah Kakalia quilting.

Flag Quilt – Remember the Monarchy : This was the way Hawaiians remembered and honored their monarchy after their flag was replaced with the American flag when Hawaii became a Republic.

Four Free Patterns : Quilts Hawaii provides four patterns you can use.

Hawaiian Quilting – A Trip to Paradise : This article includes photos of quilts at various stages of construction (clickable for close-up views) and information about master quilter, Deborah Kakalia.

Hawaiian Quilting – Honu Hale : On this site there are a series of pages which start with the history and tradition and take you through making a quilt.

Hawaiian Quilting Designs: This site shows examples of 12 pattern designs including:

· Ulu – Breadfruit

· Papaya – Pawpaw

· Guava – Kuawa

· Pineapple

· Crown Flower – Puakalaunu

· Pikake

· Hibiscus

· Turtle – Honu

· Spider Lily

· Plumeria

· Ohia Lehua

· Wood Rose – Pilikai

On this site you can also purchase Hawaiian Quilting Affirmation Cards : A pack of 16 cards featuring color photographs of Hawaiian quilts and the corresponding plant or cultural symbol.

Hawaiian Quilting Q&A: A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file about designing a Hawaiian-styled quilt.

Hawaiian Quilting with Pokolani and Company : On this site you will find information about master Hawaiian quilters as well as a free pattern, tips, and information about the history of Hawaiian quilting.

Hawaiian Style Quilting: This article gives a history of quilting in Hawaii and explains how the unique designs were first created.

Honu Speaks of Then and Now: In this essay, the author reflects about how the definition of a Hawaiian quilt has changed.

Hina’s Kapa: Brief information about the tradition of kapa with specific references to the role it played in development of the Hawaiian quilt. The following link on the same site gives extensive information about bark cloth:

  • Kapa: An extensive document that details the tradition and history of making bark cloth in Hawaii and Polynesia.

Jane Goo : A well-known local Kapa Kuiki (Hawaiian Quilt) maker recognized for her work by the Smithsonian. This article also gives brief information about the history of quilting in Hawaii and tapa.

Kapa Connection : Extensive article with pictures from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin about kapa master Puanani Van Dorpe and her work.

Man-Made Quilts: An in-depth announcement about a 1997 exhibit in Honolulu of Hawaiian quilts made by men. Great pictures.

Na Kapa – Hawaiian Bark Cloth: A long document (16 printed pages) that gives extensive details about Hawaiian Bark Cloth including: materials and tools; methodology; watermarking; dyes and dyeing; division of work; and uses.

Photos of Tonga: three close-up views of: a kava ceremony; pounding bark to soften and spread; applying pigment; and final ornamentation.

Quilting in Hawaii – The Fabric of our Community : From the Mission Houses Museum

Quilting in Hawaii: Brief information about Hawaiian quilting and a beautiful picture of a quilt on a bed.

Stitches In History – A Look At Hawaiian Quilting: This article gives a history of quilting in Hawaii.

Stitches in Time : Newspaper article about a Hawaiian Quilt Festival. A pattern by the late master quilter, Meali’i Kalama is shown

Tapa and the People Who Make It : Great article and wonderful pictures.

Tivaevae – Cook Islands Communal Art: Brief history and examples of details from 6 tivaevae – incredible!

Traditions and Superstitions of the Hawaiian Quilt: Brief article about some of the superstitions associated with quilting in Hawaii.