Community Service

Nā Lima ALOHA (THE HANDS THAT LOVE)

Nā Lima Aloha was established in July 2004 as a community service to support various organizations and agencies throughout Oahu and to support relief operations in other areas as well. Through the donations of smaller-sized quilts, we share our aloha with displaced, needy, or critically ill children and adults. Organizations we have contributed to in the past include various senior citizen convalescent homes, the Veterans Administration Center for the Aging, hospitals, abuse shelters, and foster care facilities. In the past year we have donated over 300 items throughout the island. Fabric donations are always welcome, so please contact our Arlene Adams or Linda Dayag if you’d like to contribute!

Latest news….

I need to make a correction in last month’s Na Lima News- Margaret Teruya delivered 40 quilts, not 4, to
Kapiolani Palliative Care Unit. This month she delivered the following: 7 children’s quilts, 8 burp cloths and 2
pillowcases. Also 9 24” square quilts for the pediatric care unit (this is a new project at the request of the nurses
in the unit). Norma Cabagbag, volunteer coordinator at Kapiolani Hospital is retiring and sent the following
note to Margaret, who is the contact between the guild and the hospital: “The Hawai’i Quilt Guild members
go over and beyond to extend aloha to our patients and their families through their beautifully
handcrafted quilts.”
We received the following this month: Jeannie Salmon – 2 quilts, Linda Chang – 5 quilts, Hawaii Kai Na Lima
– 1 quilt, Sue Jennings – 30 pillowcases, Sue Laufer – 20 pillowcases from her California quilt buddies
(Connie, Lee Ann, Erik, Terri, Patty Sue), Jeannie Salmon quilted 5 Windward Na Lima quilts and Camille
Kanemori quilted 4 quilts.
Linda delivered the following: Children’s Justice Center – 18 quilts with pillowcases, Shriner’s Hospital – 23
quilts with pillowcases, Waianae Homeless Shelter – 11 quilts with pillowcases and 4 kihei pili, U.S. Vets – 5
quilts.
Linda is looking for polyester fiber fill scraps/bags for filling little pillows for Shriner’s Hospital

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Previous news

Thank you to all guild members who made the following:
Sandy Choy – 3 quilt tops; Jeannie Salmon – quilted 5 Windward Na Lima quilts; Hawaii Kai Na Lima – 5 quilts, 16 pillowcases; Margaret’s group – 12 lap blankets to Kapiolani Palliative Care Unit; Ellen Huntley – 5 quilts.

  • ANNUAL REPORT:
    Each year Linda gives me a list of all the quilts and other items that Na Lima groups and guild members have made during the past guild fiscal year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). Listed below are the items that were given to various groups that we support:
    ** Children’s Justice Center: 120 quilts, 232 pillowcases, 25 kihei pili, 2 small pillows
    ** Hawaii Pacific Health Palliative Care Units: 134 quilts, 120 pillowcases, 20 burp cloths
    ** Leahi Hospital/Senior Care: 117 quilts, 15 kihei pili, 4 wall hangings
    ** Shriner’s Hospital: 87 quilts, 2 kihei pili, 121 pillowcases, 22 small bags, 114 small pillows
    ** Waianae Homeless Shelter: 32 quilts, 4 kihei pili, 56 pillowcases, 30 drawstring backpacks filled with donated goodies (Rose Craven, Carla Simao, Arlene Adams, Linda Dayag)
    ** U.S. Vets: 4 quilts
    TOTAL: 526 quilts, 419 pillowcases, 46 kihei pili, 22 bags, 20 burp cloths, 235 small pillows, 30 drawstring
    backpacks, 4 wall hangings
  • We made twice as many quilts as we normally do, and Linda would especially like to thank the Kailua/Kaneohe ladies and their friends. She was worried that we would not have as much as in past years, but they all kept their machines humming.
    This past year has also been the year of the MASK. Several guild members made masks for Linda to deliver to various organizations that requested them. A total of 13,583 masks were delivered to the following groups:
    ** Hawaii State Capitol, Straub Hospital, Kapiolani Hospital, Bayada Home Health, Times Market, Aloha Care Home, Avalon Nursing Home, YMCA, Honolulu Community College, Kinaole Nursing Home, Blood Bank of Hawaii, U. S. Vets, Pohai Nani, Kaiser Hospital, The ARC Community, Marshall House, EMT/NOA, Key Project Kaneohe, Kahauiki Village, Waianae Homeless Shelter. Linda Dayag made over 6,000 masks. She received phone calls and requests for masks weekly and churned out masks for months. She had an assembly
    line process and spent many hours working on them. How many yards of fabric did she use? Only Linda knows!
  • As we have done in past years, now is the time to pull out your fabric and make pillowcases. We are requesting pillowcases made with Christmas, children, and Hawaiian print. We have given adult print pillowcases to Leahi Hospital and various care homes, but they have requested we not give them in the future as it is difficult to wash
    them separately from their institutional bedding.
    This past year has been different to say the least, but quilters did what they always do –pull out their fabric, fire up their machines and create with love. Thank you to all of you who continued to support Na Lima and the Guild.
  • Last month there was a ceremony at Punchbowl to bury two sailors who were brothers stationed on the Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. They were among the unknown until recently. You may have seen the article in the Star Advertiser. Linda read the article and wanted to give the family quilts in their memory. The day of the burial at Punchbowl she and Chris Piper attended the ceremony and presented the quilts to family members. They were very touched by her actions and said they would treasure the quilts. The quilts were made by Terri Brown. Terri had made several quilts in classes last year and donated them to Na Lima. Two of the quilts were red, white, and blue. They were the perfect ones to present to the family. Linda
    added a label with the names of the brothers and date. We never know when we make quilts for Na Lima where they will finally find a home. These quilts found a very special home, Terri!
  • Mahalo for taking the time to read this very long Na Lima News. There were a lot of numbers and organizations but thanks to Linda’s “bookkeeping” you can see that despite the pandemic, the Hawaii Quilt Guild has continued to fulfill our mission in supporting our community. Arlene Adams

If you have any questions, contact us. Linda Dayag quilter45@hawaii.rr.com or Arlene Adams kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com

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Thank you to all Guild members who made the following:
Annette Ichiki -1 quilt and 4 tops with binding, Linda Chang 2 quilt tops, Terri Brown 5 quilts, Sandy Choy- 6 kihei pili, Ellen Huntley, 5 quilts, Lily Kamikihara – 4 quilts, Linda Dayag – 32 quilts.

Camille Kanemori quilted two large quilts for Windward Na Lima.
Linda’s deliveries: Children’s Justice Center – 10 quilts, 14 kihei pili, 15 pillowcases; Leahi Hospital – 12 quilts, 6 kihei pili, 1 wall hanging; HPH (Hawaii Pacific Health Palliative Care Units at Kapiolani, Straub and
Pali Momi) – 17 quilts, 10 pillowcases. Margaret Teruya’s deliveries: Kapiolani – 23 children’s quilts, 26 burp cloths; Straub – 2 lap quilts.

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Sharon Wilhelmy dropped off 11 quilts from Kapahuhu Na Lima along with 14 kihei pili from Wilma Namumnart, a former Quilt Guild Member. Wilma said she used about 15 yards of fabric, but it did not put a dent in her stash (I am sure that we can all relate to that!). Sandy Choy finished 3 kihei pili. Jeannie Salmon and Camille Kanemori continue to do a lot of our quilting.

Margaret Teruya delivered the following: Kapiolani Palliative Care Unit: 14 children’s quilts for pediatric patients, 40 pillowcases, 10 burp cloths. Straub Palliative Care Unit – 8 lap quilts.

Linda made the following deliveries: Children’s Justice Center – 11 quilts with pillowcases and 2 kihei pili with pillows; Hawaii Pacific Health – 14 lap quilts and 10 pillowcases; Shriner’s Hospital – 10 quilts with pillowcases, Leahi Hospital- 7 quilts.

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March Collection: Ellen Owens gave us the following from Hawaii Kai Na Lima: 7 quilts, 2 kihei pili, 13 pillowcases. Lily Kamikihara donated 4 quilts and 5 fleece blankets.  Camille Kanemori quilted 5 Windward Na Lima quilts and donated a roll of black batting. Margaret Teruya delivered the following to Kapiolani Pediatric Unit: 36 small quilts, 46 pillowcases, 20 burp cloths.

Linda asked that I let everyone know that she is looking for children’s quilts for the Children’s Justice Center. If you would like to make a quilt for CJC, these are the suggested sizes: 36 x 36/42, 42 x 48, 48 x 53; but any size will be accepted. Thank you.

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After taking time out to make quilts and other baby items for her granddaughter born in November, Ellen Huntley is back to making quilts for Na Lima and completed six. Margaret Teruya made 27 pillowcases for the Palliative care Unit at Kapiolani Hospital, and Linda Chang and her sewing group made 8 quilts and 27 pillowcases.

Linda made the following deliveries: U.S. Vets – 1 quilt; Waianae Homeless Shelter – 30 backpacks with school supplies donated by 2 of our members, 30 small goodie bags with donated snacks, 56 pillowcases. Children’s Justice Center – 14 quilts with pillowcases; IHS – 50 medium bags; Leahi Hospital – 19 quilts; Shriner’s Hospital – 11 quilts with pillowcases, 84 small pillows.

Margaret Teruya told me that she had a goal of making 100 quilts during 2020 pandemic. I asked her if she met her goal. This is her response: “I made 111 quilts to donate in 2020. I’m happy for that accomplishment,
but I hope I’m never stuck at home long enough to do that again!”
If you have any questions, email Linda or me. Thanks, Arlene.

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Sharon Wilhelmy delivered 32 quilts from Kapahulu Na Lima, and Margaret Teruya made 1 quilt.

Margaret also delivered 10 quilts to the Palliative Care Unit at Kapiolani.

Linda made the following deliveries before Christmas:

Children’s Justice Center: 2 quilts w/pillowcases and 100 Christmas pillowcases.
Shriner’s Hospital: 3 quilts w/pillowcases and 50 Christmas pillowcases.
US Vets: 1 quilt,
Waianae Homeless Shelter: 56 pillowcases.
Leahi Hospital: 4 Christmas Wall hangings.

Kaimuki Dry Goods donated two bolts of children’s fabric. Mahalo !!

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Another great month for Na Lima.  We received the following quilts:  Ellen Huntley 2, Barbara Alama 3, Margaret Teruya 6, Hawaii Kai Na Lima 2, Mary Ann Jones 3 plus 1 quilt top, Sandy Choy 8 quilt tops,  Linda Mizuno 8 plus 1 wall hanging (Linda and her husband delivered her quilts to U.S. Vets in Kalaeloa).  Pat Roth 3 (Pat is not a guild member).  She is a friend of Sandy Choy and wanted to sew for our Na Lima group.  She made 3 small kihei pili with matching pillows that have ruffles and lace on them.  Some little girls are going to treasure them.  Pat, ninety plus years young, is a self-taught quilter/sewer.  Thank you so much for your help Pat.

Linda Chang will be helping Margaret make lap quilts for Kapiolani Palliative Care Unit.  This month Linda made 5 and Margaret 18.

Camille Kanemori quilted 4 quilts for Windward Na Lima.  Jeannie Salmon quilted 5.

Pillowcases:  Nancy Newell 10, Terri Brown 15 Michelle Chance 5, Lynn Hiyakumoto 4, Sue Loefner 5, Tahmi Brodhead 45, Linda Dayag 20, Hawaii Kai Na Lima 31, Chris Piper 3, Mary Ann Jones 2. A ‘Menehune”left 7 pillowcases at Linda Dayag’s front door without any name.  Sue Loefner dropped off 40 pillowcases that were made by friends in California: Paulene (Folsom) 6, Renae (Vacaville) 2, Eric (Bay Area) 2, Terri (Redding) 3, Karen (Redding) 10, Colleen (Redding) 3, Anon 2, Holly Ellsworth and her mom (Maritan) 8. Holly and her mom lost everything in the California “Camp Fire” but they wanted to help.

Lily Kamikihara has donated drawstring backpacks in the past.  Linda asked if she could make more for the children at the homeless shelter in Waianae.  She said yes, of course, and started cutting out and put them together when she broke her wrist.  I picked them up from her house and Linda, Carla Simao and I spent a Sunday finishing them.  Linda will be putting a pillowcase in each one along with some other items that we have collected.  We all wish Lily a speedy recovery so she can get back to her quilting!

Linda got a call for help from the Children’s Justice Center and quickly made and delivered 208 masks.  Sandy Choy continues to help Linda in mask making, especially for EMS groups.

Gayle Fujitani, a friend of Sandy Choy, donated 75 drawstring bags.

Linda made deliveries to the following agencies in November:  Children’s Justice Center 6 quilts w/pillowcases; Leahi Hospital 11 quilts, U.S. Vets 1 quilt, Waianae Homeless Shelter 16 quilts, 4 kihei pili.

In spite of the fact that the guild has not been able to meet in person for most of this year, we have continued with the mission of the guild by making quilts, pillowcases and other items for the various agencies and charities we support.  We will be taking a break for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Thank you to everyone for your support during this year.  It has been a difficult one for everyone but however you plan to spend Christmas, Linda and I wish you joy, peace and a big hug.

If you have any questions, email Linda or me.  Thanks, Arlene.

Linda Dayag quilter45@hawaii.rr.com or  Arlene Adams  kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com

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Linda and I dropped off more quilts/masks at Children’s Justice Center and
Leahi Hospital. On the way we also stopped at Jeannie Salmon’s home to deliver quilts for her to do the quilting on her Handi Quilter. She finished the quilting on 7 quilts from Windward Na Lima. She also donated
four quilts that she finished. Ellen Huntley gave me four completed adorable children-print quilts and Terri Brown finished one. Sandy Choy finished ten tops/backings. Linda and I cut batting for them plus ten more
tops that were languishing in the Na Lima pile. Many thanks to Camille Kanemori who finished quilting four quilts for us.

A request to all quilters: We do not have very many pillowcases to deliver to the Children’s Justice Center. Please help us and make some using Christmas or children’s fabric. In the past we have delivered over
100 pillowcases. They use the bags to fill with items for the children. The children are always thrilled when they find out that the “bag” is a pillowcase.

If you have any questions, email Linda or me. Thanks, Arlene
Questions? Linda Dayag quilter45@hawaii.rr.com or Arlene Adams kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com

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I picked up 6 quilts and 2 pillowcases from Ellen Huntley (much of the fabric donated by Linda Chang) last week. She is still spending “quality time” with her sewing machine! Ellen Owens dropped off 7 quilts and 25
pillowcases at Ellen H’s to make it easier for me to collect them. Sandy Choy finished 12 pillowcases, 3 quilts and 4 kihei pili, and I “exchanged” her finished quilts and pillowcases with somekits and charm squares to keep her busy! Joan Masaki donated a bag of Christmas and juvenile print fabric for pillowcases for the Children’s Justice Center. All the small draw string bags listed below were made by Sandy Choy. They can be used to hold all the little “treasures” children, and even adults, collect. Linda Dayag continued to make masks for various organizations; she received a
letter from the CEO of Leahi Hospital. He said that he smiles every time he
walks around and sees all the colorful masks that the residents are wearing.

During August/September, Linda made the following deliveries:
Leahi Hospital – 26 quilts, 8 lap blankets, 1 kihei pili and 50 small drawstring bags
Shriner’s Hospital – 16 quilts, 8 pillowcases, 22 small drawstring bags
U.S.Vets – 2 quilts
Children’s Justice Center – 35 quilts, 57 pillowcases, 9 kihei pili.
Questions? Linda Dayag quilter45@hawaii.rr.com or Arlene Adams kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com

7/1/19-6/30/20 Na Lima Report on Distribution of Quilts and Other Items

Children’s Justice Center – 65 quilts, 258 pillowcases, 34 bears
Family Promise – 6 quilts w/pillowcases
Fisher House – 26 quilts w/ pillowcases
Habitat for Humanity – 9 quilts w/pillowcases
USVETS – 9 quilts
IHS – 30 backpacks, 8 bags
Kakaako Family Shelter – 13 quilts w/pillowcases
Leahi Hospital – 49 quilts, 23 pillowcases
Mary Jane Home – 6 quilts, 8 kihei pili
Shriner’s Hospital – 39 quilts, 70 pillowcases, 10 bears, 102 small pillows
TOTAL – 213 quilts, 405 pillowcases
Thank you to all who contributed quilts, pillowcases and other items.

Margaret Teruya continues making quilts for Na Lima to fill up her time! She brought 8 quilts and Carla Simao added 2 toddler quilts to the count. Jeannie Salmon also continues quilting Na Lima quilts on her Handi Quilter and finished 8 quilts. We are starting to collect pillowcases for CJS for Christmas. Christmas theme or children prints are welcome. Contact Linda for drop off.
Questions? Linda Dayag quilter45@hawaii.rr.com or
Arlene Adams kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com

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The Na Lima table was groaning under piles of goodies. We had to squeeze everything into the truck for the drive home: 15 quilts from Kapahulu, 5 from Margaret Teruya, 3 from Lily Kamikihara along with 30 backpack bags, 13 quilts from Windward, 11 Christmas pillowcases, 22 other pillowcases, and 34 bears from Nita.
Remember Christmas pillowcases are needed for the children at Children’s Justice Center and Shriner’s Hospital. Dig through your stash and pull out some fabric (Christmas or children) and make a child smile this year. We have a lot of pillowcase kits available at the Na Lima table each month.  Please be sure to sign them back in when you have completed them.

Linda made the following deliveries this month:
Shriner’s Hospital – 9 quilts, 10 bears, 31 small pillows, 20 pillowcases
Children’s Justice Center – 9 quilts, 20 pillowcases, 14 bears
Leahi Hospital – 14 quilts
U. S. Vets – 9 quilts

Rose Craven volunteered to organize a Na Lima group on the west side (Ewa, Kapolei, Mililani, etc.). If you are interested in being a part of this group making quilts, pillowcases and other items for the various organizations we help, please email me. We hope to get organized with a time and place during the fall. Thank you!

NA LIMA REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2018 TO JUNE 30, 2019
During the past year Na Lima donated the following:
222 quilts, 269 pillowcases, 30 small pillows, 2 backpacks, 12 kihei pili, 20 wall-hangings, 100 bears, 20 children’s books. We made deliveries to the following organizations:
Children’s Justice Center, Shriner’s Hospital, Ann Pearl Care home, Family Promise, Leahi Hospital, Fisher House, Mary Jane Home, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, U.S. Vets, IHS (women and children),
Kahaluu Homeless Shelter, Kakaako Family Shelter.

Past news

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The May meeting saw 3 quilts and 3 pillowcases from Hawaii Kai Na Lima, 2 baby quilts from Ellen Huntley and a Vet quilt from Terri Brown.  Pillowcase kits will continue to be available at the table over the summer months for those who would like to sew them.  Please be sure to sign them back in when you have completed them.

Linda made two quilt deliveries recently:

March:  Fisher House 12, Shriners 13, Vets 13, Children’s Justice Center 18 plus 7 bears.

May:  Shriner’s  9, Leahi Hospital 14, Children’s Justice Center  9  plus 9 pillowcases.

Remember our ongoing request to make a quilt for U.S. Vets!   We received a very nice thank you card from the Children’s Justice Center.

Questions: kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com   Thank you.  Arlene Adams

As you can see by the picture of the back of my SUV, A LOT of things were left on the Na Lima table last month:  72 pillowcases, 37 quilts, 17 bears, 2 Christmas stockings.  Many thanks to the Bannon family (Sandy, Vicki and Jim) for the 20 quilts pieced by Vicki and quilted by Jim; Ellen Huntley for 5 quilts, Margaret Teruya for 10 pillowcases tied up in a pretty bow and Sue Jennings for 37 pillowcases.  Nita Jandayan, aka the Bear Lady, along with the help of Kay Mizushima, continues to focus on making bears for na keiki in the various programs we support and dropped off 17 sweet bears. In addition to all the donated items listed above, Susan Haushalter delivered 10 pillowcases to me, and Mona Bonbright sent 11 more from California.  Linda Dayag made 24 quilts, 39 pillowcases and 12 kihei pili!

Next month Linda will have a report on all the deliveries she made to the various organizations we support.  Mahalo to everyone for supporting Na Lima!!

Questions:    kauanoeanuhea95@gmail.com        Thank you.  Arlene Adams

At the end of August, the Guild received an invitation from U.S. Vets to attend a luncheon at the Willows Restaurant.  Linda Dayag was away on a trip, so I asked Ellen Owens to accompany me.  It was a lovely luncheon accompanied by wonderful Hawaiian music.  After the lunch, a veteran who received help spoke about the assistance he received from U.S. Vets.  His talk was followed by awards presented to various groups.  Much to our surprise, the Guild was the recipient of one of the awards.  We received the Kako’o Nui award given to a community group that has supported U.S. Vets.  Attached you can see the award, a koa paddle.  Patricia Lei Murray explained the significance of the paddle: we are all in the canoe, each of us with a paddle to help.  We will continue to donate quilts to the Vets as part of our ongoing community involvement.  Please think about making another quilt for a veteran.

I have included some background about U.S. Vets; for further information about their programs, go to usvetsinc.org

“U.S. Vets is a nationwide program that offers special needs programs providing services to the specific issues facing veteran populations, such as single mothers with children, non-custodial fathers, the chronically mentally ill and troops returning home.  All of the programs are the result of collaborative efforts with community providers, VA medical centers and local government agencies.  Funding for these programs provides permanent and long-term transitional housing, residential employment services, case management, substance abuse treatment and outreach to homeless veterans.

To date, we have served more that forty thousand homeless veterans.  We are proud that 65 percent of veterans who receive services from U.S. Vets successfully transition to permanent housing and thereby achieve self-sufficiency.”

We are still collecting quilts and pillowcases for children and teenagers at IHS and Christmas-themed pillowcases for CJC (Children’s Justice Center).

Thank you.  Arlene Adams

Windward Na Lima Aloha. Second Thursday at Hoomaluhia Park Center from 9 – 2 pm. POC:  Linda Dayag or Arlene Adams.

Hawaii Kai Na Lima Aloha.   Once a month on Thursday.  POC:  Ellen Owens.

Kaimuki/Kapahulu Na Lima Aloha.  Changed to 2nd Thursday of the month at Kilauea Rec Center (4109 Kilauea Ave) from 12-3 pm.  POC:  Barbara Alama

Ewa Beach Na Lima Aloha.  POC:  Rose Craven

Click here for Nā Lima Aloha guidelines, information on how you can contribute, and more. For area coordinator contact information, contact our Nā Lima Aloha Coordinator here.

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