Aloha, I couldn't figure out the best way to communicate this information to the quilter in your group, so I've sent it here. Please forward this to those you know that would be interested. Thank you! We are sending this to inform you about our Wilcox Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit that runs from May 2nd thru 10th, 2009 at the Waioli Mission House and Makamoku in Hanalei (see info below). We apologize for the late notice, but hope you will be able to visit the exhibit and also to help to spread the word!Aloha,Robert Schleck, Director Grove Farm, Waioli Mission House and Mahamoku museums are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit of the Wilcox missionary and Hawaiian quilt collections. This exceptional display ofhistoric quilts will be shown for the first time in twenty-five years and for the first time to be exhibited at Hanalei. The well-known collection of Hawaiian quilts preserved by Mabel and Elsie Wilcox will be exhibited at Mahamoku, a 1914 beach house designed and built by Mabel Wilcox on Hanalei Bay.This is an excellent opportunity to see this well preserved collection of quilts as well as tour the beach house and its original furnishings. It will also feature biographies of five island quilters, Maria Mahoe Hookano Waiuli, Lydia Kaluapiilahaina Ellis Waiau, Kalei Lois Kapule Montgomery, Lahapa Kamakalii Opiopio Mundon Opio and Emily Salai I Makanani. Mahamoku is a rustic two-story board and batten single wall house on Hanalei beach. Referred to by friends as a “wooden tent”, guests sleep under mosquito nets, since the windows were and are still without screens. The second part of this exhibit will be at the 1836 Waioli Mission House home of missionary teachers Abner and Lucy Wilcox, restored by their granddaughters Etta, Elsie, and Mabel in 1921. In addition to other New England patchwork quilts, exhibited will be a Hawaiian tapa bed cover used by Abner and Lucy, as well as an album quilt made by family and church members in 1851 at Norfolk Connecticut. Each of the ladies furnished a quilted square with their name and sometimes a sentiment written in the square. These squares were then assembled together to make a 95 by 100 inch quilt which was then sent to "Sister Wilcox" in the Sandwich Islands. Waioli Mission House and Mahamoku in Hanalei and Grove Farm in Lihue are three historic site museums operated by the non-profit public charity organization, Waioli Corporation, formed in 1975 by Mabel I. Wilcox. It preserves some of the earliest western historic buildings in Hawaii. The sites also include ancient Hawaiian taro agricultural fields still in cultivation and an intact ahupua'a - Lepeuli. The organization is committed to the mission of preserving historic properties and collections, conducting and assisting research, and providing public educational programs. The three museum sites and collection of four operating plantation steam locomotives, the oldest of which dates from 1887, are listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The exhibit will take place May 2nd thru 10th, 2009 at the Waioli Mission House and Makamoku, which are within walking distance of each other. A special workshop seminar on washing delicate quilts will be held on Saturday May 9th starting 1pm at Mahamoku. Parking will be available midway between the sites at the Waioli park adjacent to the green Waioli Hui'ia Church. The hours of exhibit are from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Admission will be $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13. Mahamoku is located at 5344 Weke Rd, Hanalei.You can call for more information about the exhibit and seminar at 245-3202. Well look forward to seeing you there. Aloha nui loa.
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