aloha ‘oe quilt

We here in Hawaii are familiar with a phrase “aloha ‘oe” which means farewell to you.  It’s also the name of a popular song known by many to be Queen Liliuokalani’s favorite.  The song, translated in english goes  like this:

Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances
Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And ’tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips

I’m telling you this because it’s the name of my next quilt… a gift for our son who is graduating from High School soon, and leaving for Arizona at the end of summer.  It’s bittersweet.  I don’t know weather to laugh or cry… mostly cry these days because I’m really going to miss him… my charming, brilliant, beautiful son.  It’s part of growing up, I realize and as with everything else I’m left to simply watch the magic of this process unfold as it does, with a grateful heart and attentive spirit.  I have in mind to use the colors of the ocean from my hand-dyed stash, and slices of aloha shirts from his father’s closet.  I’m wanting to insert a little piece of each of us in his everyday, keeping him warm and safe at night in his new home.

I imagine somewhere out there an e-bay seller of used aloha wear is moaning in agony as I cut these lovely shirts up.  This is what one does with tired casual wear here in Hawaii… at least in my house that is.

I can already tell this is going to be one of those projects that comes through me… fueled by love for my dear sweet boy I’m sure it will be done quickly.

Meanwhile, the mynah on the fence keeps a watchful eye, curious about the sounds and colors coming from this busy room.

Colleen KoleApril 16, 2014 - 5:11 pm

I cried the entire senior year of my first daughter. I celebrated her first day of college though and was so happy for her. She has grown into a wonderful woman with a new job which she is so proud . Now daughter number two is far away-11 hours away at college. Thank goodness for texting and Skype! Congrats and what a wonderful quilt to wrap up with for him!

Kristin LApril 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I’m not sure a quilt could get much more meaningful than this. To wrap your son up in the love and warmth of both his parents and his island home is wonderful. Your fabric, his fabric (I can’t think of a better thing to do with quality aloha shirts), the ocean colors, and the traditional song are all a tender and appropriate send-off. Aloha to you and your college-bound boy!

Gayle KushApril 13, 2014 - 1:59 am

What a wonderful gift for him to cherish for the rest of his life.

HelenApril 13, 2014 - 1:44 am

Beautiful Post! I feel the Mother’s Heart Ache with you.

Gail BaarApril 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm

My heart aches for you, as I understand exactly what you are going through. Now I have 3 sons who are adults; out of school, with jobs and families. I worried about them, missed them and loved them-I know it is hard. it looks like a beautiful quilt.