Wednesday, July 23, 2014

He'e Nalu, the Hawaiian Art of Surfing


Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise. Volcanic activity, mild weather, and coral reefs create perfect and challenging waves on white, golden, green and black sand beaches. When the surf is up, the surfer’s heart dances with excitement as he eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves. The ancient Hawaiians called this feeling “hopupu”. Surfing means riding the waves with focus and balance, finding the perfect attitude between tension and flexibility. Surfers describe it as the very best feeling in the world.
They share a love for the ocean. It becomes their greatest teacher evoking deep respect, humbleness, and fear. With relaxed alertness the surfer watches the ever changing tide, the swell building or fading, the shape of the wave; until he finds the break and rides one of those big waves home.


Surfing requires intense focus, strength, courage, and grace.



He'e Nalu

The history of surfing in Hawaii goes back to the 4th century A.D. To the ancient Hawaiian people surfing was a spiritual form of art which they integrated into their culture. They called it he’e nalu which means wave sliding. The art of riding the waves was a deeply spiritual skill and ritual in ancient Hawaii. The ceremony began with the creation of the olo (surfboard). After choosing a WiliWili, Ula, or Koa tree, Hawaiians faced towards the sea and said a prayer of thanks for the wood they would use. Then they honored the spirit of the tree by burying a fish underneath it.
Before entering the great ocean, Hawaiians performed a ceremony of special dances and chants asking for strength, protection, and great surf.
Around 1820, the missionaries prohibited surfing in Hawaii and it became nearly extinct until in 1905 a group of native Hawaiians, led by Duke Kahanamoku, revived surfing on the islands.

Today, surfing in Hawaii has become a way of life.

The magic of surfing inspired the creation of Kai (Ocean), a Miniature Hawaiian Menehune Doll.



Kai (Ocean)
Birth Date: Lulai 21, 2014 (07-21-14)

Kai is named after his best friend and greatest teacher, the ocean. Kai is a Menehune He’e Nalu (surfer) boy. When the surf is up, Kai can’t wait to get into the ocean. His heart dances with Hopupu (excitement) as he eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves.
Kai loves the Pacific Ocean and the surf has been his greatest teacher, evoking deep respect and humbleness within him. He knows that every wave presents a challenge of going with its flow.
Kai watches the waves, feels them inside, and connects to their 
Mana (spiritual energy).
He flies along the sea on his Olo (surfboard), riding the waves with focus and balance, He finds the perfect attitude between tension and flexibility and rides the great wave home. It is the very best feeling in the world.
Surfing is magical; it has become his way of life.

Kai inspires us to surrender to the waves of life with focus and balance, allowing them to safely carry us to our highest goals.


The Honu (Turtle) is Kai's
Aumakua
(guardian spirit). Kai wears a Honu pendant around his neck in honor of his Aumakua. In Hawaii the ancient wisdom of the Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck. Kai always feels protected when he surfs because he knows that his Aumakua is watching over him.
Kai and his Kuku(grandfather) made the Olo (surfboard) together. First they chose the right Hawaiian Wiliwili tree for the board. Before cutting the tree, they faced towards the sea and said a prayer of thanks for the wood they would use. They honored the spirit of the tree by burying a fish beneath it. The wooden Olo is Kai’s most treasured possession. He always carries it with him, even when he goes to sleep.
Kai’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his Lava lava (wraparound) with a Honu design. She crocheted his orange swimming trunk and matching shoes. Tutu also wove a Lauhala sun visor to protect Kai from getting sunburned. Last she draped the Honu pendant around his neck and put a golden stud earring in his left ear.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo'opuna Kane (grandson).

Kai is about 3.5” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. His body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto his face. Kai has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. His doll stand is a piece of coral from Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Kai is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
He comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.

Kai reflects the spiritual powers of the Hawaiian Waters.





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Magical Powers of Hawaiian Ti Leaves



From ancient Hawaii up to this day the leaves of the Hawaiian Ti plant have been used for spiritual protection, purification and healing. Ti Leaves are sacred to Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility and Laka, the goddess of Hula.
In ancient Hawaii Ti Leaves symbolized high rank and divine powers. Only the Ali’i (royalty) and Kahunas (high priests) were allowed to wear Ti leaves during their ceremonial rituals to ward off evil spirits and invoke the blessings of the gods.


In Hawaii Ti Leaves were and are still also used for many practical purposes, like wrapping food, making hula skirts and weaving leis.
Many people in Hawaii, me included, plant a Ti Leaf plant on each corner of their house for protection, purification, blessings, and good luck.
Ti Leaves have a very special, intense Mana (spiritual energy). I frequently pick 4 of the beautiful, shiny green leaves. The number four was considered sacred by ancient Hawaiians. Sometimes I surround myself with 4 Ti Leaves during meditation, which creates a feeling of resting within a sacred circle of light. At other times, I put them under certain objects or pictures to invoke protection, purification, blessing or healing.
Carrying a piece of a Ti Leaf on your body is believed to provide protection from negative energies. Wearing a Ti Leaf lei brings good luck. 


Bless your house with the powerful Mana of Ti Leaves! 

They make beautiful decorations and radiate a special feeling of safety and protection throughout the house.
The sacred Hawaiian Ti Leaves inspired the creation of Ti, a Magical Hawaiian Menehune.



Ti 

Birth Date: Lune 12, 2014 (06/12/14) 

Ti wanders happily through the enchanting Ohia forest. His Mana (spiritual energy) connects with the peace and serenity of Hawaii. In silence he communicates with nature honoring the divinity in all living things.
Ti is named after he Hawaiian Ti Plant which invokes spiritual protection, healing and good luck.


Empowered by the Ti Plant and his Ti Leaf torch, Ti's Mana bestows prosperity and blessings of body, mind and spirit. 

Ti’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana into his Ti Leaf Haku (head lei). She sewed his Lavalava (wraparound) and crocheted green underpants. Last she strung and draped a Kukui Nut necklace around his neck. The Kukui Nut represents spirit revealing itself. The necklace blesses and protects Ti. Ti’s Kuku (grandfather) crafted the Ihoiho (torch) out of bamboo and Ti Leaves and fueled it with Kukui Nut oil.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo'opuna Kane (grandson).


 

Ti is about 3.5” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. His body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto his face. Ti has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. The Ti Plant is made out of Ohia wood and artificial leaves.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Ti is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
He comes with the Ti Plant, his story and a certificate of authenticity.


Ti brings blessings, healing and prosperity to all who are around him. 


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

'Ihi'ihi, Hawaiian Clover, the Good Luck Charm

Named after the Hawaiian clover, 'Ihi'ihi is a lucky Kamahine (girl). Her Mana (spiritual energy) radiates abundance, good luck and well being.

'Ihi'ihi's gift to you is the beautiful Pu (Conch Shell) she carries.

In Hawaii the Pu is said to attract prosperity, an abundance of wealth, good fortune, and well-being.


'Ihi'ihi's Mana conveys good luck, fortune and well being to all who are around her.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lono, the Good Luck Girl

Lono (Abundance), the Good Luck Girl

Lono was created for a Custom Order. She is a Lucky Doll who  conveys good luck, fortune and well being to all who are around her.
Here is Lono's story:

Celebrating the abundance of life, Lono plays happily in the beautiful Hawaiian Ohia Forest. She is collecting nature's treasures to honor the Akuas (Gods)and share with her Menehune Ohana (family).

Lono chants softly:

"Mahalo e Na Akua"
(Gratitude and thanks to the Gods)

Lono is a lucky Kamahine (girl). Her Mana (spiritual energy) radiates abundance, good luck and well being.

Today she found 2 lucky four leaf 'Ihi'ihis (clover) which she put in her hair and on her dress.
Lono's gift to you is the beautiful Pu (conch shell) she carries. In Hawaii the Pu is said to attract prosperity, an abundance of wealth, good fortune, and well-being.


Lono's Tutu (grandmother) sewed her dress out of soft green cloth. Green is the color of balance, harmony and abundance. Tutu also crocheted purple panties and matching little shoes. She adorned the shoes, the dress and Lono's beautiful black hair with purple crystals. Tutu also crafted 2 purple crystal bracelets. Purple crystals symbolize magic.
All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


Lono is about 3.5” 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. She has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
All of Lono’s accessories were individually handcrafted.
Lono is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.


Lono's Mana conveys good luck, fortune and well being to all who are around her.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Rising from Lava, the Sacred Hawaiian Ohia Tree


Like an erupting volcano, the Ohia Lehua Tree signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning. 

The indigenous Hawaiian Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. Its beautiful red flowers are called Lehua, which means "Flower sacred to the Gods" in the Hawaiian language. The red Lehua flower is the official flower of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Ohia Tree is vital to Hawaii's natural ecosystem. It provides an essential food source for native birds and bugs.


The Lehua is also known as Pele’s Flower. In Hawaiian mythology, Ohia and Lehua were two lovers. The Volcano Goddess Pele desired Ohia. But Ohia only had eyes for Lehua. His rejection made Pele so furious that she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by losing her lover. Out of pity, the gods turned her into a flower which they placed on Ohia's tree. Hawaiians believe that it rains when a Lehua flower is picked from the Ohia tree, signifying the tears of these eternal lovers.

The Ohia Lehua Tree has been sacred to the Hawaiian people since ancient times and is often mentioned in legends, hula, songs, and chants.

Native Hawaiians used to make a medicinal potion out of the Ohia Tree’s bark and leaves. It was meant to spark a strong, passionate, inward fire to grow, bloom, and rejoice in life. The Ohia Lehua Tree is said to grant visions of the future, offering inspirations to manifest personal transformation. It signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning.

The Ohia Lehua Tree is a powerful symbol of all that is Hawaii.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hau'oli La Makuahine! Happy Mother's Day!


On Mother's Day we celebrate and honor the loving, caring essence of all mothers. It is the time to cherish the special bond of love we share with our mothers. The ritual of giving gifts expresses this gratitude to all mother figures in our lifes, like aunties, sister, grandmothers, not to forget the greatest mothers of all, Mother Earth and Mother Nature .

Mahalo nui loa 
He Makana Nau Aloha Nui Loa

(Thank you very much. 
A gift for you with all my love.)

Honu Pepe, the Turtle Baby, was created in the honor of all mothers.



Honu Pepe, theTurtle Baby 

Birth Date: Mei 1, 2014 (05/01/14)

He nani lua 'ole
Ku'u wehi o nâ lani
He kilohana 'oe
Na'u e pûlama mau
Hô'olu i ka poli e
Mehana i ke anu e.

I can smile when it's raining
Touch the warmth of the sun
I hear children laughing
In this place that I love
Where I live there are rainbows
With life in the laughter of morning
And birds filled with song

The Menehunes are softly chanting a Hawaiian lullaby to Honu Pepe. He is their Keiki Punahele (beloved child). The Menehunes rejoice in Honu Pepe’s sweet innocence. They love him and take turns watching over him at all times. When Honu Pepe is hungry, they nurture him with his favorite treats, warm baby milk and Mai’as (bananas).
Nestled in the ferns and surrounded by his Ohana’s (family’s) Aloha (love), Honu Pepe lies contently in his coconut cradle sucking on his thumb. The deep inner knowing that he is always taken care of fills him with trust and love. 


Honu Pepe is named after his Aumakua (Guardian Spirit), the Hawaiian Sea Turtle. The little green Turtle in his coconut cradle has become his constant companion and closest friend. Together they rejoice in the Mana of peace and happiness that surrounds them.
Honu Pepe is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of the Turtle. The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.

A
llow the Honu’s wisdom to embrace you and guide you on your quest.

Honu Pepe’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha into the Kupukupu (fern) lei he wears around his neck before she gave it to her beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson). Hawaiian tree ferns represent spiritual strength, unity and love.
Tutu crocheted his blue pants and matching booties which she adorned with 2 yellow Lehua flowers and tiny red crystals. She also sewed the blue bedding and curtains with a Turtle design for the cradle, sewed 2 turtle buttons on the sides and decorated the top with a yellow feather lei. The Hulu (feather) lei is believed to link to the divine.


Honu Pepe is about 3.5” 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. Honu Pepe has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
The little turtle is about 1.5” long. Her body is made out of soft green cloth and wired for flexibility.
The coconut for Honu Pepe’s cradle was selected from palm trees at 
Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Honu Pepe and his Honu are a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
Honu Pepe comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.


Honu Pepe reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.





Monday, April 7, 2014

Kohola, the Humpback Whale, Majestic Aumakua of Hawaiian Waters



The majestic Koholas grace us with their presence in the vast Pacific Ocean around the Islands of Hawaii. Their enormous sphere of magical Mana (spiritual energy) is absolutely mesmerizing.
The entrancing sound of the Kohala’s song is synchronized with the oneness that exists in all. It is one of the most complex signals made by any animal in the world.
In the Hawaiian waters all Humpback Whales in a certain area sing the same song during mating and birthing season from November until May. Within the 6 months season they all conform to the slowly changing themes of their song. The about 20 minute long song is often sung over and over for hours.

Koholas play a significant role in Hawaiian culture. Native Hawaiians have always honored the gentle guidance and wisdom of the Koholas. Whales are the essence of their deep rooted connection with the ocean and the Humpback Whale has become Aumakua to many Hawaiians. He is their ancestral guardian spirit, who guides, protects and inspires them.
Early Hawaiians worshipped the Kohola in the Kumulipo Chant, the Hawaiian Chant of Creation:

"Hanau ka palaoa noho I kai"
Born is the whale living in the ocean.

In Hawaiian mythology, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean. Kohola is a majestic manifestation of Kanaloa.

Lei Niho Palaoa

The Lei Niho Palaoa is a whale tooth pendant and was an important symbol of rank for the highest Ali‘i (royalty) of Hawaii. The whale teeth were collected from carcasses that had washed ashore. The carved hook pendant was strung on thousands of finely braided strands of human hair. The scarcity and beauty of the Lei Niho Palaoa and its connection to Kanaloa brought Mana (spiritual power) to the carver and the pendant’s wearer. The Ali’i believed that, by wearing this Kinolau (body form) of the great god, they would embody Kanaloa’s powerful Mana.

The humpback whale is an endangered species. Commercial whaling at the start of the 20th century has depleted the global whale population. Today, more than 10,000 Humpback Whales use the warm Hawaiian waters as their wintering ground to mate, give birth and care for their young.

Kohola, the Menehune Sailor, was created in honor of the grandeur, wisdom and grace of the majestic Humpback Whale.
Here is Kohola's story:


 Kohola (Humpback Whale)
Birthdate: 'Apelila 4, 2014 (04/04/14)

Kohola is named after his Aumakua (ancestral guardian spirit), the majestic Humpback Whale. Kohola always feels protected by the guidance and wisdom of his Aumakua, when he sails his coconut boat in the gentle breeze of Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. He follows the entrancing sound of the Whale’s song which leads him to his treasures and away from all harm.

Kohola’s treasures are the precious conch shells he scoops up with his fishing net when he sails his 
coconut boat through the beautiful bays of Punaluu Black Sands Beach. 

The Pu (Conch Shell) is a gift from the Pacific Ocean. When blown, its pure sound echoes across the ‘Aina (land) invoking blessings of divine Mana (spiritual energy).

Kohola is the most generous little Menehune. His heart is as big as the whale. Kohola's Mana (spiritual energy) is Aloha (love) and compassion. Sharing his treasures with his Menehune Ohana (family) brings him the greatest joy. Nothing makes Kohola happier than passing out the most treasurable shell gifts to his Menehune Ohana and seeing their joy and appreciation which in turn is the greatest gift to him.


Kohola knows that the more he gives, the more he will receive. Kohola sees with his heart and acts with compassion.



Kohola’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana into the Ti Leaf Leis he wears around his head and neck and draped another one around the sail of his canoe. According to ancient Hawaiian beliefs, Ti leaves provide protection from all harm. Surrounded by Ti leaves and guided by his Aumakua, the Humpback Whale, Kohola always feels save and secure.
Tutu also sewed his ocean blue Malu (wraparound) and crocheted his red pants. All this were Tutu’s sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).




Kohola is about 3.5” 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. Kohola has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. His malu (wraparound) is sewn out of the same cotton fabric as his sail. The hand carved, sanded and polished coconut for Kohala’s boat was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

The Humpback Whale on his sail gives Kohola the greatest comfort. It reminds him that, if he should ever get lost at sea, he can call on his Aumakua, the Whale, who always, without fail, will come to guide him safely back to shore.

Kohola is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. His coconut boat is signed and dated. Kohola comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.


Kohola reflects the majestic Mana of the Humpback Whale.


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