In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Aupana's dance honors the gods, tells stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians), the sacredness of life and respect for all of nature.
The sounds of Aupana's Ipu enhance the rhythm and add excitement to her dance.
Ipus grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful one for her beloved Mo'opuna (Granddaughter). She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a crystal.
Then Tutu blessed the Ipu with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. The Ipu is sacred now. It was created for Aupana and only she is allowed to touch it. This was Tutu's sacred gift of Aloha (Love) and it became Aupana's most treasured possession.
Tutu sewed a white top and outer skirt with a Plumeria flower design and wove a grass skirt for Aupana. Last Tutu adorned Aupana's hair with a beautiful white Plumeria flower.
Aupana is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.