Kamehanaokala – The Warmth of the Sun

This colorful little quilt is on its way to the Midwest:

My cousin Amber and her husband Jay are expecting their first child in about a week, and we are very excited for them!  To celebrate their little bundle of joy, I thought I would make a Hawaiian print quilt for their little one.

Amber and Jay were here on Maui last summer, along with Amber’s brother Brian, his wife Anna, Uncle Ben, and Aunt MaryLyn.  One of the things Herman, Trey and I did with them was watch the sunrise atop Mount Haleakala.  If you’re ever on Maui, one of the things you need to do is experience a Haleakala Sunrise.  It takes approximately an hour and a half to drive up to the summit (about 10,000 feet above sea level), so you’ll need to plan ahead of time to arrive there before the sun peeps out, and also to secure a good spot for viewing.

The colors at daybreak, once the sun starts rising above the clouds, are amazing!  Imagine for a moment… When you arrive at the summit, you’re surrounded in complete darkness, with the exception of stars and the moon out.  Slowly, an explosion of color of different shades of pink, red, orange, and yellow begin to emerge along with a bright blue sky.  These are the colors that I used as inspiration for this quilt.  I wanted to capture the essence and warmth of the sun (also referred to as ‘Kamehanaokala’ in ‘ōlelo Hawai’i) using different prints and designs.

I also wanted to choose fabrics that featured places in Hawaii, so you’ll see squares that say Hanauma Bay, North Shore, or Lahaina.  The backing also has a strip of fabric with different place names in Hawaii.

I think it’ll also make a good “Eye-Spy” quilt when baby gets older.  Here are a couple of things to find on the quilt:

1.  Find the square with the word Lahaina.

2.  How many squares have surfboards on them?

3.  Can you find the honu (turtle)?

4.  Three lions.

5.  Where is the “Donut house”?

I really enjoyed creating this quilt for Amber, Jay, and their baby; from choosing the fabrics to actually quilting it on my sewing machine.  I’m hoping that it brings them a little bit of sunshine and warmth from Hawaii, all throughout the year!

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