Bottom row: Lychee and Mokihana
Being in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawaii had a limited plant population when humans arrived. Today we think of Hawaii as a lush, verdant island group with a huge variety of plants. But most of those plants were brought to Hawaii aboard ships from all over the world. Our quilt, Tropical Fruit & Nut, is a blend of endemic and introduced species.
Native to Hawaii are the Ohelo (Island of Hawaii) and Mokihana (Island of Kaua'i). Macadamia is a native of Australia, Pineapple came to Hawaii from South America, as did the Lilikoi (or Passion Flower). Even the Coconut Palm is believed to have been carried to the Hawaiian islands aboard voyaging Polynesian canoes.
TIP: Use the individual blocks to make placemats and put two, three or four together for a tablerunner, or narrow wallhanging.