Na Hulu Aliʻi Blockprint at the de Young Museum!

I created a custom blockprint for the de Young museum in San Francisco for their upcoming exhibit: Na Hulu Aliʻi (Royal Hawaiian Featherwork). It will open at the end of this month, August 29, 2015 and run until February 28, 2016. This was not only a honor but a kuleana nui to properly represent the subject matter – the ancient featherwork of Hawaiian kings and royalty.

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na hulu frame

You will find a selection of my blockprint products as well as custom Hele bags, drink mat sets and tea towels with the Na Hulu Aliʻi design available at the de Young Museum store. The museum is putting this design on their totes and apparel, too!

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2014 Mayorʻs Small Business Award Nomination

Mayor Alan Arakawa and Palapala
Mayor Alan Arakawa and Palapala

Palapala Designs was nominated for the Exceptional Small Business of the Year Award (10 or fewer employees) for 2014. Although not a winner, it was a great honor to be among all the outstanding businesses at the February 26 banquet and award ceremony held here on Maui.

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