Ric Stark's quilt "He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu," or the Crown Flower of Liliu, has been selected as a semifinalist in the American Quilters' Society Paducah Show and Contest, April 25 to 28, in Kentucky. The Hana resident said the traditional Hawaiian quilt is bed-sized, 105-by-106 inches, and made of cotton fabric, which was hand-dyed with a slight batik pattern by Kathy Lukens of Waimea, the Big Island. The quilt is done in a reverse-applique in the colors of burnt red on honey-mango gold. "He Pua Kalaunu" features the recognized symbols of the Hawaiian monarchy - kahili or feather standard; peahi (fan) and kalaunu (crown). Complementing these traditional elements are buds and flowers of pua kalaunu (crown flower), which were the favorite of Queen Lili'uokalani. "The quilt honors the perpetual love and presence of our beloved queen - a relationship, which does not diminish with time," said Stark. He began quilting 14 years ago and belongs to Hui Kapa Apana o Waimea on the Big Island. This is his fifth quilt. Awards at the show range from $200 to $20,000.
Ric Stark’s quilt “He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu”