Founded by artist Palapala (Barbara) Chung, Palapala Designs is a small company based in Maui, Hawaii. Barbara designs and carves original blockprints of Hawaiian motifs and subjects, combining them with contemporary form and function.
At Palapala Designs, the images are flora and fauna found on the islands or subjects related to important aspects of Hawaiian culture. The colors are taken from Hawaiiʻs natural palette– shades of green, blue, brown, tan, and orange and complement almost any interior decorating scheme. Our products match well with fine hardwoods, especially Hawaiian Koa.
We create a variety of products from pillow covers to purses. Items are carefully hand printed and sewn here on Maui. We are focused on creating a high-quality and unique artisan product while redefining contemporary island style.
Palapala’s artwork is inspired by her love of Hawai’i – the ocean, the hula and the Hawaiian culture.