Saturday, June 25, 2016

Makani, the Winds of Hawaii

La'amaomao, Goddess of the Wind

Gentle and soothing to fierce and dangerous, the Makani (winds) of Hawaii possess great Mana (spiritual energy). Many ancient cultures regard wind as the highest expression of divine spirit. It sustains life, refreshes and purifies. We delight in its blessings, but at times also suffer its powerful wrath.

The ancient people of Hawaii had an intimate knowledge of the wind. They named at least 63 different kinds of winds, like:

Pu'uokona, the wind of Kuli'ou'ou,
Ma-ua, the wind of Niu,
Holouha, the wind of Kekaha,
Maunuunu, the wind of Wai'alae,
The wind of Le'ahi turns here and there,
'Olauniu, the wind of Kahaloa,
Wai'oma'o, the wind of Palolo,
Kuehu-lepo, the wind of Kahua,
Kukalahale, the wind of Honolulu

The wind taught the Hawaiians many of their exceptional navigational abilities. The people of old Hawaii were also inventors of the lupe (kite). The kite helped them to understand the relationship between the winds and the weather.


One legend tells about La'amaomao, Goddess of the Winds, who cared for the Ipu Makani (calabash of the winds), which was believed to contain the power of the winds. Eventually the demigod Maui came to possess the Calabash of the Winds.

Maui chanted:
"Open the calabash, set the winds free,
They will fly fast, across the wide sea.
My kite will dance with the shake and the shiver."

He lifted the cover of the calabash, and the winds, freed from their trap, rushed out and sailed toward the coast.
The winds whipped their way along river gorges and tore over the peaks. As they swept toward the river, they spotted the kite. To the winds, the kite looked like a monster. They rumbled toward it, eager to destroy the invader.
Maui stood upon the lava rocks, holding the cord of his kite with all his strength. The kite moved with the winds. It turned somersaults; it whirled and twisted, swirled and stretched. With each blow of the winds, the kite sailed higher, faster, its dance turning ragged and wild.
Maui's heart pounded with joy. He loved to match his strength against the powerful winds.
The kite struggled as the fierce winds attacked. Now the winds stirred up storms that rushed inland, and as waves crashed on shore, the winds climbed to the highest part of the sky.
High above the mountains, the winds gathered strength again and crashed violently against the kite, bending it backward and forward. The kapa was strong, and the kite did not tear, but even Maui strained holding his kite.
The winds were relentless, and suddenly the cord snapped and the kite tumbled over the volcano craters, somersaulting over mountain peaks.
But Maui was determined to win this contest. With one leap he crossed the mountains and reattached the cord to his bruised and battered kite, but this time, when the winds grew too wild, he brought the kite down.
Day after day he flew his kite, entertaining himself, until one day the people began to notice the dancing kite. They watched, dazzled by the dancing kapa, and after a while they understood that when the kite soared in the sky, the weather would be dry, the wind brisk but not too wild. On those days they rejoiced.
But when Maui's kite whipped this way and that, the people warned each other. "Maui's kite is in the heavens," they would say. On those days Maui tied his line to the great black stones that lay in the riverbed, and the people knew they must protect their homes from furious winds and the coming storms.
Maui taught the people the relationship between the winds and the weather and how this knowledge could be used to assist fishermen and farmers.
The people began to call him "Maui, whose kite foretells the weather".

Little Menehune Girl La'a was created in honor of the divine winds of Hawaii.

 La'a, Goddess of the Wind
Birth Date: Lune 25, 2016 (06-25-16)

Allow the fresh breezes of La'a to guide you towards your full potential.

It is a glorious summer day with the perfect wind for La'a to fly her beloved Lupe (kite). She runs along the beach with her black hair and white cape flying in the wind. Her kite is sailing, dancing, whirling and swirling in the air. It is so much fun! La'a could fly her Lupe forever.

La'a's name means 'Sacred'. She is named after La'amaomao, the Goddess of the winds.
La'a's  Amakua (guardian spirit) is the Hīhīmanu (sting ray). La'a's Kuku (grandfather) built her kite in the image of the sting ray in order to enhance La'a's connection to her Aumakua.

La'a’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into La'a's Maile Haku (head lei) and neck lei. Maile is the lei of eternal love. Tutu also sewed La'a’s white skirt, top and wind cape. She crocheted white panties and matching shoes. All these things were Tutu's and Kuku's gifts of Aloha (Love) for their beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


La'a 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. La'a has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

La'a is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

La'a reflects the divine Mana of the Hawaiian winds.




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ku, Ancestral Hawaiian God of Heaven and Earth


I Ku mau mau
I Ku huluhulu
I ka lanawao

Stand up together
Haul with all your might
Under the mighty trees

Ku, God of prosperity, strength, healing and war, is one of the four major Hawaiian Gods.
Ku's personalities are the most diverse of all Hawaiian Gods.

As the God of War, Ku was also known as:
Kunui-akea - the supreme one
Kukeoloewa - the supporter
Kuho‘one‘enu‘u - pulling the earth together

Fishermen pray to Kuula for the blessings of an abundant catch.
A big boulder of lava in the Kau district of the Big Island represents Ku as Kumanuna, the Rain God.
In order to invoke Ku's healing Mana (spiritual energy), sick people would spend the night in the mountains close to the God.
Ku is the God of the upper forest and the Ohia Lehua tree.
Hawaiians would humbly and with great reverence pray to the powerful Ku for the blessings of rain.
Kupulupulu was believed to be the ancestor of the Menehune, the little people of the secret powers.

'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk

Ku sometimes appears in one of his Kinolau (many forms) as 'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, to join the earthly realm of Hawaii. As the majestic bird soars through the sky, he bestows his blessings upon the people.

Ku is frightening and blood-thirsty, but also a generous and compassionate god. In old Hawaii the spirit of Aloha and Malama 'Aina (care for the land) assured the gods blessings of peace, prosperity, good health and abundance.

The magnificent God of many powers inspired the creation of Menehune Boy Ku and his big Ipu Heke.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

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 beckons you to enter her sacred realm so that your beauty can unfold and grow.'



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Music and Surf of Hawaii with Huggable Menehune Dolls!


Welcome to the enchanting world of Magical Hawaiian Menehunes!

Huggable Hawaiian Menehune Dolls are made for small children and children at heart to bring their magic 
into your and your children's life.

Huggable Menehunes are 10” tall cloth dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. All Menehunes have ears, buttocks and a belly button. The hair is made out of wool or synthetic doll hair.

In Hawaii the Menehunes are called “The Little People of the Secret Power”. They are the legendary, original inhabitants of the islands.
Huggable Hawaiian Menehune 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).
Each doll is an original design and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Hulu (Feather), the Hula Dancer

Hulu (Feather) is a Menehune Hula dancer. She wears a grass skirt, a pink bikini with Plumeria flowers and a seashell lei around her neck. Her beautiful black hair is adorned with a pink and white Plumeria flower.
Hulu carries the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart.

Tiki, the Ukulele Player

Tiki is a Menehune Ukulele player. He wears a white shirt with red Plumeria flowers, coconut buttons and matching shorts. His straw hat and ankles are adorned with green eyelash yarn leis. He is playing a wooden Ukulele.
Tiki's music brightens up the day with the Aloha spirit. Tiki is ready to be your new friend and sing his way into your heart.

Nalu, the Surfer Boy

Nalu is a Menehune Surfer Boy. His blue shorts with the yellow fish match his surfboard.
Nalu carries the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. He is ready to be your new friend and surf his way into your heart.

Limu (Sea Grass), the Surfer Girl 

Limu is a Menehune Surfer Girl. She wears a pink and green bikini and holds her green surfboard with a big Honu (turtle) in the center. Limu carries the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. She is ready to be your new friend and surf her way into your heart.





Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ahi, the Fire of Hawaii

Fire is Pele: Forests bursting into flame, crackling and burning as fiery molten lava flows over the land, devouring the earth, cleansing and ultimately bringing new land and life.

Originated in Samoa, fire dancing has spread throughout the Hawaiian islands. It requires great skill to twirl, throw, catch and dance with a fire staff or knife.

Fire dancing is an amazing and tantalizing visual feast!

Hawaii's magnificent ceremonial Fire Dance inspired the creation of Menehune Doll 

Ahi, the Fire Dancer

Birth Date: Mei 5, 2014 (05/05/16)


Ahi's dance inspires us to welcome life’s fiery eruptions with an open heart and grow from the valuable lessons they contain.

Named after the fire he dances with, Ahi's ceremonial dance worships Hawaii's Volcano Goddess Pele. Ahi's dance is tantalizing with a visual feast of his burning bamboo fire staff, telling stories about forests bursting into flame, fiery molten lava flowing over the land, devouring the earth, cleansing and ultimately bringing new land and life.
Ahi is spinning with his fire staff, twirling, throwing and catching it. His dance is thrilling and dangerous - a magnificent spectacle!


Ahi’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into his Kupu (fern) Haku (head lei), ankle and wrist leis.
Tutu also wove Ahi’s traditional grass skirt and crocheted his red pants. She adorned the skirt with red feathers which symbolize flames.
The red and green colors Ahi wears honor the Mana (spiritual energy) of the land.
Last Tutu crafted a special amulet using red feathers and a red crystal to inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.



Ahi 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. Ahi has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Ahi’s dance honors the sacredness of life.

Nana I Ke Kumu 
Look to the source.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Mana, the Soul of Hawaii

Mana, the Mea Oli (Chantress)
Birth Date: 'Apelila 8, 2016 (04/08/16)

Mana's spiritual energy empowers, enchants, flows and radiates.

Ma’ema’e ke ‘ala e holo ala
E ala mai, E naue mai, E noke mai e

Clear the path to move on
Awake, Move, Persevere

In harmony to the sacred beat of her Ipu (gourd), Mana's dance and chants touch the heart and reach deeply into the ancestor’s world. Mana is honoring the Akuas (spirits) of the enchanting, secluded mountains in Kau on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Aglow with focused energy, strength and agility, Mana moves in harmony with the spirits of nature.


 Mana means spiritual energy in Hawaii. Mana is the soul of Hawaii.

In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Mana's dance and chants honor the Akuas, tell stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians), respect for all things and the sacredness of life.

Mana’s dance and chants inspire us to awake, move forward and persevere,
to embrace our spiritual energy with intention, determination and courage.


 Mana’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana  (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the Hulu (feather) and purple ginger Haku (head lei) and wrist leis for her beloved Mo'opuna (Granddaughter). The Hulu is believed to link to the divine.
Tutu sewed Mana's green top and green and purple skirt. Tutu crocheted purple panties and matching little shoes for Mana.
In Hawaii Ipus grow on a vine. Mana's Tutu picked the most beautiful one for her Mo'opuna. She lovingly cleaned and polished it. This was her sacred gift of Aloha (Love) to Mana and became her most treasured possession.

Mana 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. Mana has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Mana is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Mana attunes us to the spirit of Hawaii.






Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mo'o, the Shape Shifter-Hawaii's Most Mystical Creature


According to legend, the ancient Mo'o or dragons of Hawaii were shape shifters who appeared as beautiful women or 12 to 30 feet long dragons. Fierce guardians of freshwater sources, they dwelled in caves, pools or fish ponds. The Mo'o guards people as well as the land.


 Moloka'i, Kamalo Ridge

Eternally present in fishponds and pools throughout Hawaii, Mo'os were believed to bless the people with an abundant harvest if they were properly honored. But, if not treated with respect, they could turn from a protective deity to a shape shifting threat.


To the people of Hawaii the little gecko lizards were mirror images of the great magical Mo'o. The Mokoli'is (little geckos) played a crucial role in Hawaiian religion. Deeply respected, they were the link to an intricate communication system with the Akuas (gods). The little geckos became Aumakuas, who offered their wisdom through visions and dreams.
In Hawaii the Mo'o is one of the oldest, most powerful and omniscient of Aumakuas (guardian spirits) along with the shark, the owl, and the hawk.
Stories about the Mo'o are told in the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation story):

Moholani (Divine Mo'o) was the youngest and most beautiful of four sisters. She also was the only one who had a husband and a son. Moholani wore the birthmark of the Mo'o on her right shoulder, which enabled her to shape shift into the Divine Mo'o. her sisters were very jealous and conspired with wicked sirens of the sea to lure the husband away to the bottom of the ocean. With the help of guardian spirits Moholani's sun rescues the husband and transforms the evil sisters into barren trees which will forever grow on the beach.

Living in Hawaii I am surrounded by geckos. The sound of their sweet chirps is always a good omen to me. It means, I am protected and good luck in all areas of life is manifesting. I always honor the Mo'oli'is (little geckos) and treat them with respect.
Some of these sweet little guys almost act like pets. They come around often and get closer and closer, looking at me as if to say: "Come on, let's play together!" I can see the wisdom in their eyes.

Listen to the chirps of the magical Mokoli'is of Hawaii! They offer protection and good luck.

Kimo, the Surfer Boy, was created in honor of the divine Mo'o.

 Kimo, the Surfer
Birth Date: Malaki 2, 2016 (03-02-16)

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

Kimo's best friend and greatest teacher is the ocean. Kimo is a Menehune He’e Nalu (surfer) boy. He is named after the strong winds of the Pacific Ocean.
When the surf is up, Kimo can’t wait to get into the ocean. His heart dances with Hopupu (excitement) as he eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves.
Kimo loves the Pacific Ocean and the surf has been his greatest teacher, evoking deep respect and humbleness within him. He knows that every wave along with the wind presents a challenge of going with its flow. Kimo watches the waves, feels them inside, and connects to their Mana (spiritual energy).
Like the wind, he flies along the sea on his Olo (surfboard), riding the waves with focus and balance, Kimo 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!

Kimo and his twin sister Lilo, Goddess of the Surf, often come to the beach together. Holding hands, they run into the water surrendering to the great power of the waves.

Kimo's Aumakua (guardian spirit) is Moholani, the divine Mo'o (gecko). It is a great honor in Hawaii to have the ancient Moholani as your Aumakua. Moholani evokes good luck, strength, and protection. Kimo always feels safe when he surfs because he knows that his Aumakua is watching over him. In honor of his Aumakua, Kimo wears a necklace with a gold gecko pendant around his neck. Like all the other, cool Menehune surfer boys Iniki also has a small, gold earring in his right ear.

Kimo 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. Last Kimo and Kuku carved a design of the divine Mo'o on the Olo.The wooden Olo is Kimo’s most treasured possession. He always carries it with him, even when he goes to sleep. 
Kimo’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his green Lava lava (wraparound) and orange belt. She crocheted orange shoes and gave Kimo a matching head band to keep his hair out of his eyes while he surfs. Last Tutu draped the Mo'o pendant around his neck and put a gold earring in his right ear.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo'opuna Kane (grandson).

Kimo is about 4” 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. Kimo has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Kimo reflects the spiritual powers of the Hawaiian Waters and the divine Mo'o.

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