Quilting Awards/ Honors

Wana‘ao o Haleakala--Best in Show-- Hawaii Quilt Guild

In May, 2022, "Wanaʻao o Haleakalā was awarded Best in Show at Hawaiʻi Quilt Guild annual show in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Held at Honolulu Hale, the show resumed the post-Covid annual tradition of the HQG. Ric's quilt, honoring Hawaiʻi silversword and our beloved Queen Liliuokalani, continues a celebrated tradition of honors for Ric. He humbly bows and shares the honors with his beloved kumu and inspiration, his Aunty Violet Hue of Hilo.


Ka Lehua Papa-- Best in Show-- Hawaii Quilt Guild

In May, 2019, "Ka Lehua Papa" was awarded Best in Show at the Hawaii Quilt Guild annual show, which was held that year at Blaisdell Auditorium in Honolulu. One of 125 quilts exhibited, being so honored is humbling for me, the artist and quilter, and "haʻaheo", (proud) for the quilt, honoring the Queen.





He Po`ai Aloha-- Juried for Display at IQA show in Houston, Texas

In May, 2015, "He Po'ai Aloha" was exhibited with the Hawaii Quilt Guild show at Honolulu Museum of Art.  The quilt won Best in Show Award and Viewers' Choice, 1st place for large quilts.



He Po`ai Aloha-- Best in Show-- Hawaii Quilt Guild

In November, 2022, He Poʻai Aloha was juried and exhibited at International Quilters' Association show in Houston, Texas. The quilt is currently on a year-long traveling exhibit with IQA's "Celebration of Life" collection.

He Po`ai Aloha-- Juried for Display at AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky

April 22-25, 2015. "He Po'ai Aloha" (Encircled with Love) was displayed at American Quilter's Society Annual Show and Awards in Paducah, Kentucky.  Such honor bestowed upon the Queen's quilt-- this show is widely considered the premier, most prestigious quilt show in the world.




He Kila Mo`i-- Best in Show

October 5, 2014-- On Saturday, October 4 at the Ka`u Art Show in Na`alehu, Hawaii, Ric's latest quilt wall hanging, "He Kila Mo`i", received the judges' award for "Best in Show".  Sponsored by the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce, the local art show featured works by local artists in a variety of medium from painting, photography, woodworking, sculpture, jewelry and quilting.  This award at a local show is all more special, because the quilt honors the Queen's visit to Kauai-- and the show features largely art work with a focus on local landmarks in the Ka`u district of Hawaii Island.

     And for those, who are counting with Ric, this marks the third ribbon (all first place awards) for a quilt of "E O ka Liko".




First place blue ribbon for Viewers' Choice!

"He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu" was displayed in the 2013 show of the Hawaii Quilt Guild between May 10-19.  During this un-juried show, held annually in the Linekona Annex Building of the Honolulu Museum of Art, visitors had an opportunity to vote for their favorite quilts.  On the last day of the show "He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu" was awarded 1ST PLACE, blue ribbon for most popular choice of the show.


The show was attended by hundreds of attentive and questioning viewers.  I was honored to participate and I humbly appreciate the honor of a blue ribbon.  I accept the award as a tribute to our beloved Queen Liliuokalani and as encouragement to continue the work of my hololani (mission) to create a kind of quilt biography of the Queen.


Countless viewers asked me detailed questions about fabric choice for "He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu" and for my current quilt project.  So inspired am I that I will be soon introducing my own line of "E O ka Liko" hand-dyed, cotton quilting fabrics.  E-mail me and stay in touch!

On the "Road to California"!

"He Pua Kalaunu o Lili`u" was juried and displayed at "Road to California" Quilt Show in January, 2013!  Mahalo no!  This pretigious, annual show in Upland, California was held January 24-27, 2013.

Semi-finalist in Paducah, Kentucky

"He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu" was juried and exhibited in April, 2012 in the American Quilters' Society Annual Show and Contest in Paducah, Kentucky.  Reviewing photos of quilts from across USA and around the world, a panel of judges selected He Pua Kalaunu to be included among some 350 quilts from 11 countries.


This show was held in Paducah, Kentucky from April 25-28, 2012.  I attended the show with his mom and brother Jeff, where he attended classes on quilt appraisal.


In recognition of the honor awarded this quilt, articles have been printed in Honolulu Advertiser (Today Section, Monday, April 3, 2012) and in Maui News (Thursday, March 29, 2012).  The articles feature color photos of He Pua Kalaunu o Liliu and details of my quilting.  

The quilt is also proudly featured in the 2015 Island Heritage Quilt Calendar in the month of February.

First place, Quilt Hawaii 2008

"E O ka Liko", a yellow lehua quilt, designed and made for Aunty Vi, was honored in July, 2008.  At Quilt Hawaii 2008 "E O ka Liko" won first-place, blue ribbon for Hand-Quilting Award.

Hawaiian Quilt Published in "Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts"

On completing my very first kapa, "He Mala Pua Loke o ka Wahine Mo`i", I anticipated the joy of presenting this quilt to my mother, Marge Stark, who lives in Charleston, Illinois.


As the quilting neared completion, I learned of a project by Linda Arthur, a professor in Textile Arts program of the University of Hawaii.  Linda and a panel of Hawaiian quilters were touring the islands, selecting quilts for inclusion in Linda's new book about contemporary Hawaiian quilts.  I attended a meeting in the fall of 2000 at Volcano Art Gallery, where I was introduced to Linda.


In the spring of 2001, "At the Cutting Edge, Contemporary Hawaiian Quilting", by Linda Arthur, PhD, was published.  Page 59 displays a full-page photo of "He Mala Pua Loke o ka Wahine Mo`i".  What an honor for this quilt, my FIRST kapa moe!