Quilting arrived in
Hawai`i along with the missionaries and western fabrics in the 1820s.
The unique, appliqué designs that evolved were based on their intimate
relationships with nature, cultural themes, and personal feelings,
sometimes said to be inspired by dreams. The symmetry of the designs may
have been influenced by the geometric patterns used onkapa (traditional
Hawaiian bark cloth) worn by all Hawaiians before the arrival of
(breadfruit) quilt was often the first quilt made to insure
plentiful food and prosperity to the maker.