I won't be sewing anything today. Quilt Club "Ka Hui Kapa Apana o" (remember to pronounce the vowels), is hosting a show tonight. I will explain what the club name means later. Here is the write up in our local newspaper.
Wailoa Center will open the New Year with an exhibit full of Island flare in the Main Gallery.
On exhibit will be Hawaiian quilts made by the members of Ka Hui Kapa Apana o Hilo, finely crafted wood work produced by Ray Bumatay and wood turner Syd Vierra, along with the feather work of BJ Pang Ching. Complementing these Hawaiian crafts will be “Hawaii in My Heart,” watercolor paintings by Michael Thorniley.
This exhibit runs Friday, Jan. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 29. There will be an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. opening night with light refreshments.
In 1971, Hawaii County hosted an exhibit of Hawaiian crafts at the Kulana Na‘ao‘ao. Doris Nosaka had her Hawaiian designed kapas on display. There were several women interested in learning how to sew a kapa, and with Doris Nosaka’s help, “Ka Hui Kapa Apana o Hilo” (Hawaiian Quilt Club of Hilo) was formed.
Nosaka shared her patterns of the kapas and shared her knowledge on cutting, appliqueing and quilting of the kapa. The club remains active today with meetings from 9 a.m.-noon on the first Saturday of each month at the Keaau Community Center, and members of the community are welcome to come and learn how to sew a pillow, or kapa. Club members share patterns and teach the basics of sewing the kapa. The kapa can be a full sized quilt (double, queen or king size) or a wall hanging. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and staying warm!