Help bring Joyful Return to life!

We’re collecting items from the HoMA community that will become part of Joyful Return’s unique, shared experience.

Right now, we’re looking for submissions of meaningful images of you at the museum from months and years past, hands-on help creating messages of hope, yarn donations, and interviews.

Read on for details about how to get involved!

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Yarn and textiles for the ʻōhiʻa lehua forest:

We invite the HoMA community of all ages and skill levels to knit, crochet, or cut out fabric leaves that will be incorporated into our textile ʻōhiʻa lehua forest. Leaves can be personalized by stitching, painting, or drawing your name, initials, or even the date of the first time that you visited HoMA.

If you would like to participate, please pick your leaf pattern from the options below. Bring submissions to the museum’s front desk during open hours and let the staff member know that it is a community submission for Joyful Return.

Submissions can also be mailed to the museum at this address: Honolulu Museum of Art, ℅ Joyful Return: Recover, 900 S. Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814.

Submissions are welcomed immediately and will be accepted through the summer, to be added to the installation as it continues to evolve.

You’re welcome to join our in-person, special Guided Activities that include ʻōhiʻa lehua blossom-making sessions that are going on through the summer months.

Choose your pattern

  • Fabric cut-out leaf pattern: Use this pattern as a guide for cutting a leaf out of fabric. Please use green foliage colors and a sturdy fabric like felt or woven, non-stretchy fabrics (no t-shirt fabrics).
  • Crochet leaf pattern
  • Knit leaf pattern

Joyful Return - Recover - Leaf Fabric Patterns

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Joyful Return - Recover - Crocheting Instructions

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Joyful Return Recover - Knitting Instructions - Update

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Note: no glitter please. Art submissions will not be returned at the end of the project.

Yarn donation update:

Mahalo for the contributions! We’re all set with neutrals and are now seeking pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows for the ʻōhiʻa lehua blossoms. Please bring donations to the museum’s front desk during open hours and let the staff member know that it is a community submission for Joyful Return. At the close of the project, any unused yarn will be donated to a good home.