The Birth of Quiloha
Hello and welcome to Quiloha. My name is Cathleen Nardi. Thank you for visiting my website. When I moved to Maui to be the primary caregiver of my 97-year old mother-in-law in our home, I learned alot about myself and about patience. The experience taught me many things, many of which have encouraged me to give ‘birth’ to Quiloha.
At first, I thought being a care giver was learning to be patient. But I soon came to realize that being a caregiver in Hawaii teaches you so much more. Through yoga, I learned to embrace the idea of opening to grace. Through my mentor, Yvonne, who taught me the art of quillo making, I have learned the importance of self less giving, and through the land and culture of Hawaii, I have learned a gentle peace and calmness that is embodied in the quillos that I sew.
"Quiloha was born out of a desire to ‘practice creativity’ in my life. It offered me a vehicle to express myself through fabric."
The passion continued as a realized that not only were these beautiful gifts, they were practical as well. Quiloha grew as I began to send quillos to friends who were undergoing tremendous pain and tragedy in their lives. I wanted to offer comfort, connection and beauty by sending them a ‘Maui Medicine Blanket.’ Seemingly a simple gesture, I was overwhelmed by the response that I received.
Quiloha includes a pay it forward component by "Spreading the Aloha" to offer comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy, or suffering a loss in their lives by donating a quillo for every 10 sold.
"Thank you for sending some of you and Maui to me. I love you. 🌊🐬💦💙 If I wasn't more grounded than ever before I would have wept like a child when I opened and felt it. Instead I felt a warm glow and my heart opened to about four feet wide."
I recently read Jonathan Fields elements of a “Conscious Business. This is my wish for Quiloha and all the people that are touched through the power of creativity, connection, gratitude and love.
To serve a genuine need and generate real profit, to serve as a true outlet for your strengths, values, voice and potential, and to make a bigger dent in the universe.
Quiloha...spreading Aloha one quillo at a time...
is expressed best by those who have shared their gratitude with me.