New Tea Towel Designs

I am excited to share some new designs for 2017! The Honu Tea Towel comes in a bold navy blue with a white sea turtle print. I have also created a new navy blue Honu Drink Mat to match! The Lauaʻe Tea Towel comes in white with a fern printed…

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Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

  I am now ending my fifth year in business! A business which I love – creating and designing blockprint art that celebrates the Hawaiian Culture. Mahalo to all my customers, new and returning, who have purchased from Palapala Designs. I am so grateful to have met you, talked story…

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Upcoming Events

Aloha shoppers! In addition to my permanent booth at the Maui Swap Meet each Saturday morning from 7am-noon, you can find me at these upcoming events this holiday season located on the Big Island and Oahu. (I will not be at the Swap Meet on the following dates listed below)    …

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New Product: Hapuʻu Pillow Cover

Iʻm excited to introduce my latest blockprint design: Hapuʻu! Hapuʻu is an endemic Hawaiian tree fern, historically found in rainy areas all over the Hawaiian islands. These beautiful and slow-growing plants are currently considered threatened, due to over-harvesting and climate change. They were used in ancient times for medicine and…

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New Drink Mat Designs!

I am excited to share several new drink mat designs! I have a new Olena block print, which is a canoe plant related to ginger. It was used as a medicinal plant in ancient Hawaii. The hapu’u drink mat features a a fern frond and small fiddleheads. A Hapu’u pillow…

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gift from a dancer

It was Kahiko night at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and as I was standing outside during intermission a light rain began to fall. Here in Hawaiʻi we say “rain is a blessing” and it was unusual as the whole week leading up to this night had been hot and…

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New Designs at Merrie Monarch 2016!

I am very excited to be sharing my designs with you for the fourth year at the Merrie Monarch Festival. If you haven’t been to the Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair, which is the official craft fair of the Merrie Monarch hula festival, its become a go-to not just for Merrie…

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Palapala Designs in Nordstroms!

The new Nordstroms at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu will open March 11, 2016. This store will feature a large Made in Hawaiʻi department. I was honored to have my tea towels and drink mats included in the selection process and then chosen to be one of the vendors for…

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New designs for 2016

Holoholo Bags! I have combined the popular cross body Hele Bag with a larger clutch to create my latest purse – the Holoholo Bag. (Holoholo means to go for a ride, travel around for pleasure.) There are 2 blockprint designs – Hala and Kalo in black or khaki. They come…

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Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou 2016!

The aloha spirit is known as a quality within Hawaii. It is a way of interacting with each other in our community. We that live here have a “I see you” not “Iʻm out for myself” way of thinking that translates into empathy and politeness in everyday life and embraces…

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