Virtual Home of Cherie's Place & Lauhala Hats


Cherie Pau Riding is the world-wide-web address for Cherie's Place where Cherie provides online sales of her handmade Kona Lauhala Hats.†

Cherie Okada-Carlson was born in Honolulu, grew up in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, and lives in South Kona with her husband, dog, chickens, and geese. She has a bachelor's degree in Art from Linfield College in Oregon. Throughout the years her credentials and "titles" have also included (often simultaneously): Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Master's degree in Pacific Island History from the University of Hawaii Manoa, painter, high school teacher, Student Services Coordinator, quilter, lei maker, pa'u rider, lauhala weaver, and custom picture framer. She is a member of the Kanu Hawaii, Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona, and 'Ohi Lauhala.† With the cooperation and immense coordination of weaving friends Marit Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell, Cherie co-wrote two articles about ka ulana lauhala and education: "Ka ulana Ďana i ka piko (In Weaving You Begin at the Center): Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education," Harvard Educational Review Spring 2013 and "Becoming Haumana," Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students, vol. 12, 2011-2012.

Cherie feels gratitude and much aloha for her friends, kumu, and na kupuna who have taught her the skills of quilting, lei making, and ka ulana lauhala.† These wonderful sources of knowledge are:† Barbara Nobriga, the late Harriet Soong, Shirley Kauhaihao, the late Gladys Grace, Margaret Lovett, Pohaku Kahoohanohano, Marcia Omura, Linda Tua-Saffery, and Ed Kaneko.

Starting January 1, 2017, 10 percent of each sale will be donated to the Hawaii Island Humane Society.