is a grand, late-19th-century Italianate compound on a 10-acre plot of manicured lawns in downtown Honolulu. It is the only royal palace in the United States, and was once the seat of the Hawaiian royal family, who ruled over the islands until a group of American-backed business men and sugar barons overthrew the monarchy in 1893. Today, it serves as a museum, and its opulent staterooms have been restored to their original glory with Hawaiian koa wood furniture and oil portraits of King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani (the kingdom’s last reigning monarch). It’s a fitting meeting place for the group of 30 or so women who congregate here each Saturday and sit around the large, rust-colored Formica tables in the palace’s stately neo-Classical Old Archives Building.[Coming later this spring: the T List newsletter, a weekly roundup of what T Magazine editors are noticing and coveting. .]

, an organization dedicated to the art and named after Cissy’s mother. The group provides instruction, an online pattern store (John Serrao created over 1,000 designs himself) and a selection of quilts for sale by the circle’s unofficial master quilter, Patricia Gorelangton. Because of the time, effort and skill needed to create an authentic Hawaiian quilt — it takes one quilter nine months to a year to complete one 7 ½-foot by 7 ½-foot piece — prices for each one can reach several thousand dollars. They are also quite rare, because Hawaiian quilts are typically made not to sell, but to pass down from one generation to the next.. | |