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Kapa Pohopoho
Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea group
Native Hawaiian, Waimaea, Hawaii
1997
Cotton with polyester filling
70" x 70”
MSUM 1997:74.1
Photo by Doug Elbinger, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

Occasionally the Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea group on the Big Island of Hawaii makes quilts for educational or service organizations. During 1996-97 they made two identical sampler quilts; one was given to Michigan State University Museum, the other the Hamakua Health Center in Honokaa, Hawaii, originally a small medical dispensary serving plantation workers of the now-defunct Hamakua Sugar Company.

The quilt features the following components: sugar cane (in the center), an inner cross of squares depicting flowers that grow well but are not medicinal, an inner cross of squares depicting food items that my be used as medicine, and outer border of squares showing plants used medicinally by some but also used as decorations or food.

Featured in To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions


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