Get in Bed with Cozy Quilts From These Four Local Designers
Spread the aloha this snuggle season by adding Hawai‘i-inspired quilts to your home collection.
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino
Just like clothing, we think blankets should have a personal touch. We’ve kept our grandma-made blankies (that are coming apart at the seams, literally) because they comfort us, just like her chicken soup does. So it was a pleasant surprise to find four local designers who found a creative way to incorporate a little of themselves and the Hawai‘i culture into their cozy linens. For us, and hopefully for you, it makes spending time undercover so much bed(er).
“My mom, who has been an expert quilter for years, used our collection kapa fabric to handcraft a classic American patterned quilt,” says Joseph Serrao, co-owner of Salvage Public. “When I saw the completed product, it impressed me how she honored the Hawaiian culture in a completely different way from what we’re used to. The detail in the design and stitching exceeded our expectations. She’s amazing.”
Kapa quilt, price upon request, Salvage Public, South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St., (808) 589-0500.
“The first Manuheali‘i collection actually started with pillows, baby blankets and diaper bags while I was still in college. We’ve kept them in production with limited quantities (like 20) per collection because they make us happy and our original customers collect them,” explains Danene Lunn, owner of Manuheali‘i. “The Pineapple Fields print (featured) brings back memories of summers spent working in the pine fields on Lānaʻi and trimming at the cannery.”
Limited edition queen coverlet, $160, Manuheali‘i, 930 Punahou St., (808) 942-9868.
“We’re a zero-waste company, so we use every bit of fabric in some way,” says Ane Bakutis, one of the owners/designers of Kealopiko. “Our baby blankets are made by Stephanie Bush, a sweet auntie from Moloka‘i, who recycles our leftover textiles. Since there’s not a big avenue for her work, we support her through our Three Piko program and sell the blankets at our shop. We like to think of it as a continuation of love.”
$65, Kealopiko, South Shore Market, (808) 591-8411.
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“Our indigo-dyed blanket is made from double weave cotton gauze that we stone washed to give it that uber softness,” says Island Bungalow owner Amerjit Ghag. “We hand-dye everything in our studio and use a natural, plant-based dye. No two blankets are ever the same!”
Indigo blanket, $90, Island Bungalow Hawai‘i, 131 Hekili St., Kailua, (808) 536-4543.