Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aupana, the Hula Dancer


Aupana (Rhythm)), the Hula Dancer
Birth Date: Novemapa 14, 2017 (11/14/17)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.



Aupana's Hula honors the miracle of life.
Join her in a celebration of life’s joys and abundance!

Celebrating the glorious magnificence of life, Aupana dances the ancient Hawaiian Kahiko Hula in harmony to the rhythm of her Ipu (gourd). Often her brother, 'Amakihi, accompanies her dance with his Ukulele.

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.

Aupana's Hula attunes us to spirit and gladdens the heart.


Aupana's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful movements of the Kahiko Hula.
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 wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha into Aupana's yellow and green wrist and head feather leis. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
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 about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Aupana has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Aupana is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Aupana’s Mana attunes us to the spirit of Hawaii.
She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ooak Hawaiian Nativity Scene

One of a Kind Hawaiian Nativity Scene

Ho'ano Ohana - The Holy Family
Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu and Pua'a



Standing in a precious coconut crèche Malia (Virgin Mary) lovingly watches over her baby Iesu (Jesus), who is contently nestled in his nut cradle.
Iokepa’s (Joseph’s) Kukui Nut Ihoiho (torch) symbolizes the shining heart of love and announces the birth of Iesu, the greatest of all blessings. Iesu, Malia, Iokepa and the coconut crèche are wearing a halo of the Hawaiian Hulu (feather) lei, which is believed to link to the divine.
Pua'a, the pig, Honu, the turtle and Pueo, the owl have gathered to adore the sweet baby.

In the Aloha spirit of Hawaii, the dolls, animals, coconut cradle and accessories were intricately handcrafted with the greatest love and respect for this sacred event.

Malia and Iokepa are about 3” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. Iesu is about 3/4" tall. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto their faces. Malia, Iokepa and Iesu have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.


Pueo, Honu and Pua'a are sewn out of faux fur.

The coconut for the crèche was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut husk base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu and Pua'a are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.


 Treat yourself to this Holy Ohana 
and bring the Aloha spirit of the Islands to your home!





Friday, November 3, 2017

Getting ready for Christmas!



Once again it is almost time to say ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Merry Christmas) to friends and family is approaching. Many of us are thinking about which special present we should give to our loved ones or maybe even to ourselves in honor of the enchanting Christmas season.

Magical Hawaiian Menehunes are one of the most unique and inspirational gifts on the market. The Menehunes are one of a kind miniature collectible dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.

After creating a Menehune Doll, I always keep them for a while before I put them on the market and let them go to convey their magical Mana (spiritual energy) to their new owners who will probably love and cherish them just as much as I do.

There are many 4" and 10" tall ‘Magical Hawaiian Menehunes’ waiting for their new friends to bring them love, joy and inspiration.

View them here, on the Hawaiian Menehunes website:

www.HawaiianCollectibleMenehuneDolls.com

In the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii, I wish you a wonderful Holiday season!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or special requests you may have.

Email: menehunebabies@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tala, Moana's Grandma

Tala

There is a first time for everything and this was the first time I got a special order to create an older woman in the image of Tala, Moana's Grandma. It had never occurred to me before to make a doll as an older person, but it was so much fun and I absolutely fell in love with Tala.





Tala, the Storyteller

Moana's Grandma 



Birth Date: ʻOkakopa 10, 2017 (10-10-17)



 Tala is devoted to the concept of being true to yourself and listening to your heart.

Spirited and independent, Tala is the keeper of the ancient stories. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of her heritage and culture.

Tala is Moana’s beloved and respected Grandma. They both have a special connection to their greatest teacher, the ocean, which bonds them even closer.


Tala's greatest pride and concern is the well-being and happiness of her family.



Moana conveys empowering messages of faith and courage. 

Tala and Moana inspire us to believe in ourselves and persevere.


Tala is quite old and needs the help of her cane for walking.
She wears a grass skirt and an outer skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching pants. Her third outer skirt is decorated with a tapa design. Tala wears white earrings. Her  neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace.

Tala is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.

All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Tala is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Tala reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. 
She is ready to be your new friend and charm her way into your heart.

Available on special order!
Contact: menehunebabies@gmail.com 


Friday, October 6, 2017

Poli'ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea

In Hawaiian mythology Poli’ahu is the Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language Poli’ahu means “caress”.
The Snow Goddess Poli’ahu gently caresses the summit of Mauna Kea with her pure white cloak in the winter and beautifies the mountain with her pink and gold cloak in the summer.


 Mauna Kea

Translated from the Hawaiian language Mauna Kea means “the White Mountain”. The mountains of the island were always sacred to the Hawaiians, and Mauna Kea is the most sacred of all. In ancient times the law allowed only high-ranking tribal chiefs to visit its peak.
The fascinating summit of the dormant volcano is at 13,803 feet the highest point in the State of Hawaii. Measured from its base on the ocean floor, it rises over 33,000 feet, making it the tallest mountain on earth. Mauna Kea last erupted about 4000 years ago.
This majestic mountain is only about one million years old. In the past glaciers covered the summit of Mauna Kea. Glacial features and a few rock glaciers have remained on the summit until today.
Mauna Kea’s high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow make it one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation. The world’s largest collection of international astronomical observatories is located on the summit of Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea also is home to many endangered plants and animals, including the Wekiu bug, the Palila (a rare bird), and the Mauna Kea Silversword.

Lake Waiau


Lake Waiau, located on the summit platform of Mauna Kea, is one of the highest elevated lakes on the planet. Lake Waiau is a sacred site. Ancient Hawaiians believed that the Lake was a bottomless portal to the spirit world. Its water was considered pure water of the gods. According to Hawaiian beliefs, water captured in the piko (the center) is considered pure and sacred. The water of Lake Waiau is worshipped as the most sacred. In ancient time, a chief would throw the umbilical cord of their first son into the lake to reserve the place for the child's afterlife as a chief.

People believe in the immense powers of Lake Waiau up to this day and visit it to perform rituals or collect the water for good health.


In Hawaiian mythology Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess and Poli’ahu, the Snow Goddess were said to have been fierce rivals. One well known Hawaiian legend tells the story of Poli’ahu winning a race against the Volcano goddess Pele at the Hawaiian sledding sport called “he’eholua”. Pele was so angry at being defeated that she threw streams of glowing lava at Poli’ahu who calmly brought down storms of snow and froze the molten rock into place. Pele surrendered and never again stepped onto Poli’ahu’s territory on Mauna Kea. The power of fire was pacified by Poli’ahu’s calmness.

The legend of the Hawaiian Snow Goddess inspired the creation of the miniature Magical Hawaiian Goddess Poli'ahu.

Poli’ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea
Birthdate: ʻOkakopa 6, 2017 (10/06/17)

Connect with Poli’ahu’s Mana and learn how to be victorious over life’s challenges 
by caressing them with tenderness and stillness.

Swinging her magical Snowflake Ko'o (wand), Poli'ahu happily skips over the hardened lava on the majestic Mauna Kea Volcano. She is enchanted by the beauty of the mountain and eager to share the blessing of her powerful Mana (spiritual energy) with her Ohana (family) and friends.
Poli’ahu is named after the Hawaiian Snow Goddess who resides on the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain), the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Poli’ahu’s name means caress. 
Her serene, gentle Mana is like the caress of a soft, pure, white snow blanket.

'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, is Poli’ahu’s Aumakua (ancestral spirit) and her loyal companion. 'Io often reveals his miraculous powers and loving concerns to Poli'ahu. He appears whenever Poli'ahu calls on him, but 'Io also comes on his own at important times of change, when he knows that his advise is needed. Poli'ahu greets him with love and respect. 'Io gently chirps sweet songs and secret messages in Poli’ahu’s ear, guiding her even deeper into her place of inner stillness.

Together, Pele, the Volcano Goddess, Poli'ahu, the Snow Goddess and 'Io, the Hawk 
worship the Akuas (spirits) on Mauna Kea.

Like the Hawaiian Snow Goddess, Poli’ahu is dressed in a white dress symbolizing a mantle of snow on the mountain. Her hair is adorned with a silvery white tiara much like the icicles on the summit of Mauna Kea. Poli'ahu also wears white crocheted panties and matching shoes adorned with crystals. Crystals inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.


Poli'ahu is about 4” tall, fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Poli'ahu has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Her doll stand with 'Io, the Hawk is handcarved out of drift wood and a little bit clay. It symbolizes the hardened black lava on Mauna Kea. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Poli'ahu is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Poli'ahu and ‘Io reflect the majestic Mana of Mauna Kea.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Laka, Hawaii's Hula Goddess, Giver of All Things

Laka, Hawaiian Hula Goddess

E Laka ē, hoʻoulu ʻia. 
O Laka, inspire us. 

Laka's Mana is Ho'oulu (making to grow). Following Laka's inspiration transforms hula into a magnificent dance.

Hula is an essential part of life in Hawaii. Hula is a sacred ritual, a form of worship, a spiritual practice and discipline. Respectfully the dancers follow strict traditions when they pick the plants for their costumes and the Hula Kuahu (altar). Laka is also Goddess of the forest. Her Mana inspires the forest to grow and thrive. Honoring Laka, we humbly ask her permission before we enter the sacred forest and pick the plants.
Each plant enforces the connection between Laka and the dancer.

To invoke Laka's inspiration, the Hula Kuahu (altar) and dancer are adorned with her Kinolaus (many forms):
Maile symbolizes the umbilical cord which ties the dancer to Laka.

The wood of the Lehua tree is male and Lehua, the flower is female. They create a union between the masculine and feminine and 'allow the two to dance'.

Pili, the clinging grass is placed on the altar, so that all of Laka's Ha'awinas (lessons) will cling to the dancers.

The sweet smell of 'Iliahi (sandalwood) inspires the performance of the dancer as well as the audience.

The spirit of Laka dances through the dancer. The dancer and Laka become one, dancing inspired hula.

Laka means gentle, docile, attract. Many legends tell about Laka's fruitfulness. She is often referred to as the Goddess of Love. As the 'Giver of All Things' ancient chants ask Laka to attract love and wealth.


Mele Kuahu 
Altar Prayer

E Laka ē 
O Goddess Laka

Pūpū weuweu e Laka ē 
O wildwood bouquet, O Laka

E Laka i ka leo 
O Laka, queen of the voice

E Laka i ka loaʻa 
O Laka, giver of gifts

E Laka i ka waiwai 
O Laka, giver of bounty

E Laka i nā mea a pau. 
O Laka, giver of all things.

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The island of Molokai is said to be the birthplace of hula. According to legend, Laka journeyed through the islands, sharing the dance with all who wished to learn. Her graceful movements channeled spiritual meaning and brought to life the history, traditions and genealogy of the Hawaiian people.

Laka gave birth to the Hawaiian hula on the sacred hill Puu Nana in Molokai. It is said that the remains of Laka herself were secretly hidden beneath this hill.

Laka's inspiring Mana teaches us many valuable Ha'awinas (lessons). A truly great performance in any area of life is the result of a person's discipline, positive feelings, and Aloha spirit.

The enchanting Mana of Hawaii's Hula Goddess inspired the creation of Menehune Girl Laka.

Laka, the Hula Goddess
(Rising Sun and Compassion)
Birth Date: Kepakemapa 28, 2017 (09/28/17)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.

Laka connects our hearts and actions with Aloha.
Focus on your higher purpose, choose wisely and you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities!

The sacred drumming of the Ipu Heke (gourd drum) echoes across the 'Aina (land) as Laka dances and chants with the Akuas (spirits) of the Ohia Forest.
The graceful movements of her hands and body tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and the traditions of the Hawaiian people.
The Menehune Ohana (family) watches in awe as the harmony of Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.
Laka's name means compassion. She is named after Hawaii's Hula Goddess.

Laka's Mana (spiritual energy) attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.

Laka's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful chants and movements of the Hula.
Tutu handcrafted the traditional green hula skirt and coconut shell top for Laka.
Tutu wove a green and yellow feather Haku (head lei), ankle and wrist leis for her granddaughter and wrapped a long white conch shell necklace around her neck. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Laka is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii. Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.
All accessories are individually hand crafted.
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.


Laka is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Laka reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. 
She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart.


Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life (6 years and older).
Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are adorable and lovable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, they will reward you with their unconditional Aloha (love).


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Like My Sister

Jenehune, Nene and Honu

A friend recently asked me to create a doll in the likeness of his sister, who has short hair and loves the Nene Goose and Honu. This was the first time I ever attempted to do something like this. It became a fun and inspiring project.


Jenehune
Nene and Honu
Birth date: Kepakemapa 15, 2017 (09-15-17)

Jenehune, Nene and Honu celebrate Hawaii's Aloha spirit.

Jenehune, Nene (Goose) and Honu (Turtle) have all the time in the world!
Together they meander through the beautiful forest in the Ka'u Mountains cherishing all they see, hear, and feel. Baby Nene quacks and waddles along happily. Little Honu is resting contently on Jenehune's arm.
Wonderful and exciting things keep happening! Everywhere they go they are greeted with kindness and abundance: the sun warms their bodies, the birds sing their most beautiful songs, flowers open to embrace them with their sweet scent.
When they are hungry food appears on their path, a crunchy green leaf for Honu, a big yellow Mai’a (banana) to share for Jenehune and Nene. The small mountain stream offers cool, fresh to quench their thirst.
Jenehune, Nene and Honu honor the Akuas (spirits) of the enchanting forest.


 Jenehune, Nene and Honu remind us
that there is always more than enough time to fulfill all desires.

Nene and Honu are Jenehune’s Aumakuas (guardian spirits) and the three of them are inseparable. Jenehune is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of Honu and Nene.
In Hawaii the Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.
Nene means to cherish. The Nene Goose enhances the life and spirit of Hawaii.

Jenehune's Tutu (grandmother) lovingly wove her traditional green hula skirt and sewed a bright yellow bikini to wear with it. Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Jenehune's red flower and green feather Haku (head lei), wrist and ankle leis. In Hawaii the Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Last Tutu stuck a beautiful yellow Plumeria flower behind Jenehune's and Honu's ear.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Jenehune is about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Jenehune has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Jenehune, Nene and Honu are one of a kind display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.

Jenehune's, Nene's and Honu's cheerful Mana (Spiritual Energy)
 brightens up the day with love and laughter.



The special gift of a doll in the likeness of who you choose is available 
on special order.

Contact: menehunebabies@gmail.com