Blanket contributed by Janice Kikue Kido to Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek

Blanket contributed by Janice Kikue Kido

Janice Kikue Kido
Tacoma, WA
Generations, Grandmothers, Homemade, Immigrant, In memoriam

My maternal grandmother’s parents emigrated from Japan to the Big Island of Hawai’i in the mid-1800s. My grandmother was one of the three children born in the small village of Kukuihaile overlooking the shining ocean near sugar cane fields. Grandma had a traditional arranged marriage to the son of a family still living in Japan. They began their family in Hawai’i where she gave birth to ten children, seven boys and three girls. Her family eventually moved to a small pineapple plantation on the island of Lana’i where my mother and her siblings grew up and where I was born.


My grandmother was the loving center of our extended family’s universe. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, and a wise mother and grandmother. She made all of the clothes for her family as well as many colorful quilts, pieced together from fabric scraps and well-worn dresses, for her children and, later, her many grandchildren. She would be delighted and surprised to know that this well-loved and well-worn quilt has migrated to “the Mainland” with her granddaughter and has added a bit of her family’s spirit for future generations to enjoy.