Monday, September 17, 2018

Laka and Lono, Akuas of Compassion and Peace

Laka and Lono
Hula Goddess and God of Peace and Fertility

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 thing.

Lono is the Hawaiian God of fertility, agriculture, rainfall, music and peace. He was one of the four gods, along with Kū, Kāne, and Kanaloa, who existed before the world was created.
In planting ceremonies, Lono, the Provider was worshipped for his blessings of rain to nourish the crops.
As the God of Peace, the ancient annual festival of the Makahiki was held in Lono’s honor. During this time, from October through February, war and unnecessary work was kapu (forbidden).

In Hawaiian mythology, Lono descended to Earth on a rainbow 
to marry Laka, the Hawaiian Hula Goddess.

Laka's Mana is Ho'oulu (making to grow). Following Laka's inspiration transforms hula into a magnificent dance. 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.
Hula is an essential part of life in Hawaii. Hula is a sacred ritual, a form of worship, a spiritual practice and discipline. The spirit of Laka dances through the dancer. The dancer and Laka become one, dancing inspired hula.
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 along with Lono’s blessings inspire the forest to grow and thrive. 

Honoring Laka and Lono, we humbly ask 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 and Lono’s inspiration, the Kuahu (altar) is adorned with their Kinolaus (many forms):
Maile symbolizes the umbilical cord which ties the dancer to Laka.
The wood of the Ohia 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 and Lono’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.

Laka's and Lono’s inspiring Mana teach 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 and the God of Peace and Fertility inspired the creation of Menehune Dolls, Laka and Lono.


 Laka and Lono (Compassion and Peace)
Birth Date: Kepakemapa 16, 2018 (09/16/18)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.

Laka and Lono connect 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 and Lono dance, drum and chant with the Akuas (spirits) of the Island under the sweet smelling Plumeria Tree, which symbolizes positivity, creation and recreation.
The graceful movements of their hands and bodies 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 Ipu Heke, Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.
Laka and Lono are Menehune Mahoes (twins) and inseparable. Laka is named after Hawaii's Hula Goddess. Lono is named after the great ancestral Hawaiian God of Peace and Fertility.
Tutu (grandmother) is their Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught them the powerful chants and movements of the Hula.


Tutu sewed Laka's skirt and top and Lono’s loincloth. She handcrafted the traditional hula skirt.
Tutu wove a green and yellow feather Haku (head lei) and wrist leis for her granddaughter. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Tutu also wove Lono’s Maile lei. In Hawaii Maile Leaves are used for protection and purification.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked 2 of the most beautiful of the Ipus for Lono's Ipu Heke. Tutu cleaned, polished and blessed the Ipu Heke with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. The gourd drum is sacred now. It was created for Lono and only he is allowed to touch it. The Ipu Heke became Lono’s most treasured possession.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas.


Laka and Lono are about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Laka and Lono have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.
Their doll stand is a custom size, polished and varnished slice of pinewood with a handcrafted Plumeria tree.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Doll care: Gently brush the dolls and their clothing with a soft dry toothbrush to remove dust. Always brush the faces and bodies upwards towards the hair.

Laka and Lono are one of a kind display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They are collector’s items bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii. Laka and Lono come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

 Laka and Lono are ready to be your new friends and dance their way into your heart.
Laka's and Lono's Mana attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.















Sunday, September 2, 2018

Kohola, Majestic Aumakua of the 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.

was created in honor of the grandeur, wisdom and grace of the majestic Humpback Whale.

Kohola (Humpback Whale)
Birthdate: Kepakemapa 1, 2018 (09/01/18)

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

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 Wa’akaukahi (outrigger canoe) 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. 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’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his ocean blue Malu (wraparound) and crocheted blue shoes. She wove her Mana into the Ti Leaf Leis he wears around his neck. She crafted and blessed his shell amulet and adorned it with a blue crystal.
Tutu also put 4 Ti Leaves on the sail of the canoe along with a sea star and crystal. According to ancient Hawaiian beliefs, Ti leaves provide protection from all harm. Wearing his amulet and Ti Leaf lei and guided by his Aumakua, the Humpback Whale, Kohola always feels save and secure.
Kohola and his Kuku (grandfather) made his Wa’akaukahi together. Walking through the forest they started following the native forest bird who selected the tree they would use to build the canoe. After Kohola and his Kuku finished carving the Wa’akaukahi, they built the sail which has a design of a Humpback Whale. The Whale on his sail give 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.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved 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.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Doll care: Gently brush the dolls and their clothing with a soft dry toothbrush to remove dust. Always brush the faces and bodies upwards towards the hair.

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


 Kohola is ready to be your new friend and sail his way into your heart.

Kohola reflects the majestic Mana of the Humpback Whale.




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hulili, First Light in the Storm

Today the Big Island is awaiting Hurricane Lane. 
It's the perfect day to call on Hulili (First Light), the Guardian Angel.

Hulili (First Light), the Guardian Angel 
Birthdate: ‘Aukake 20, 2018 (08/20/18) 

Welcome Hulili as your Guardian Angel! 
She is devoted to protecting and guiding you on your life’s journey. 

Hulili’s light shines brightly as the first rays of the sun sway gently upon the ocean. 

The sacred rhythm of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Hulili, the Guardian Angel to earth. Hulili’s home is Lanikeha, the high sky.
Hulili carries a candle in her sacred Ipu, which invokes blessings of the divine. The heavenly light of Hulili’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Hulili always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence. Hearing the divine drumming of the Ipu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Hulili is near. 
Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her candle or a glimpse of her angelic white feather wings passing by to remind them how brightly the Aloha spirit is shining from their own souls.
All they have to do is call and Hulili appears offering her wisdom and guidance.

 
Hulili wears a green dress with yellow Plumeria flowers and star crystals in the front, green crocheted panties and matching shoes.
Her Maile Haku (head lei) is decorated with star crystals and represents spiritual strength, unity and love. 
The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers.

 
Hulili 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. Hulili has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Doll care: Gently brush the dolls and their clothing with a soft dry toothbrush to remove dust. Always brush the faces and bodies upwards towards the hair.

 
Hulili is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She is a collector’s item bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii. Hulili comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.


Hulili is ready to be your new friend and shine her way into your heart. 
Hulili’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates unconditional Aloha. 




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hunter of Aloha

Kahu, the Guardian and Hunter of Aloha and Pua’a, the Pig 

Birthdate: ‘Aukake 14, 2018 (08/14/18) 

Learn to be aware and watchful like Kahu and Pua’a! 
Let their Mana (spiritual energy) of strength, courage and Aloha flow into you. 

Pua’a is Kahu’s Aumakua (Guardian Spirit). Kahu and Pua’a are so closely connected that they have become inseparable friends.
Kahu and Pua’a are Hunters of Aloha and the Menehune’s guardians. Together they walk fearlessly through the beautiful forest in the Kaiholena Mountains watching for dangers and threats to their beloved Ohana (family). Kahu, carrying his Ihe (spear), and Pua’a with his tusks are always ready to protect their loved ones and shield them in a safe cloud of Aloha.
Kahu and Pua'a honor Kamapua'a, the Hawaiian Pig God, who was the protector of the pigs and cascading waterfalls bestowing abundant growth to the lands of Hawaii.


Kahu’s Kuku (grandfather) helped him to make his Ihe out of bamboo and clay. The top of the Ihe is surrounded by Ti leaves and red feathers for purification and protection. When the Ihe was finished Kahu and his Kuku blessed it with a prayer and salt water from the Pacific Ocean.
Kahu’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his green lava lava (wraparound) with a fern leaf design and crocheted green shoes. The color green is associated with magic, growth and harmony. She wove a Maile Haku (head lei) for Kahu and put a Plumeria flower behind Pua’a’s ear.
Last, as an added blessing and protection, Tutu lovingly wrapped the tusk and feather amulet around his neck.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha to their beloved Mo’opuna Kane.


Kahu 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. He has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Pua’a is about 3.5” long fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of black synthetic fur. The tusks are made out of clay. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Doll care: Gently brush the dolls and their clothing with a soft dry toothbrush to remove dust. Always brush the faces and bodies upwards towards the hair.
Kahu and Pua’a are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Kahu and Pua'a are ready to be your new friends and 
shield you in a safe cloud of Aloha at all times. 

Kahu and Pua’a channel strength and courage.





Dreams Manifest!


My dream finally became reality! I am retired and now can put all my time and energy into my doll creations. It is wonderful and gratifying beyond anything I imagined it to be. 
I also transformed part of my house into ‘The Menehune Store’ and have had the pleasure to meet many wonderful people from all over the world who, like by magic, find my little store in this remote corner of the Big Island.

You too are always welcome to visit the Menehunes in their habitat!

menehunebabies@gmail.com



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Volcano Goddess Pele, Transformation and Creation

Since May 2018 Volcano Goddess Pele has been more active than ever on the Big Island. Creation and transformation are her daily ritual. Molten lava continues its relentless, unstoppable flow down Kilauea volcano. Pele is known for her passionate and fiery temperament. Pele is Ka wahine 'ai honua, the woman who devours the land.

When Pele meets the ocean billowing clouds of steam and tiny particles of volcanic gas flow over the coastline. 

The people of Hawaii know that the wrath of Pele can be destructive, 
but it is a part of nature that is not to be disturbed. 

Halemaumau Crater, the eruptive vent, explodes, collapses and expands on a daily basis. Halemaumau Crater is Pele's home. 
It is located about 30 miles from Wood Valley in Ka'u, where I live. We are not affected by the lava, but there are the daily ash fall, the sulfur air and the many earthquakes. Everything changed since the volcano started erupting. It leaves me in a state of humbleness, fear, anticipation, uneasiness as well as admiration. Very confusing feelings! 

Of course, Madame Pele’s outbursts have greatly inspired my creations.

 
Pele offers her passion to remind us that life’s fiery eruptions 
often clear the path for positive transformations.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Aloha Spirit of the Angels

Lani (Heaven), the Guardian Angel
Birthdate: Lulai 21, 2018 (07/21/18)

Welcome Lani as your guardian angel!
She is devoted to protecting and guiding you on your life’s journey.

The sacred rhythm of the Ipu echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Lani, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Lani is named after her home Lanikeha, the high sky.
Lani carries a candle in her sacred Pupu (shell), which invokes blessings of the divine. The heavenly light of Lani’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Lani always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence. Hearing the divine drumming of the Ipu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Lani is near. Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her candle or a glimpse of her angelic white feather wings passing by to remind them how brightly the Aloha spirit is shining from their own souls. All they have to do is call and Lani appears offering her wisdom and guidance.


Lani wears a white dress with a big pink Puakenikeni flower in the front, white crocheted panties and matching shoes.



Her Maile Haku (head lei) with the fragrant, pink Puakenikeni flowers represents spiritual strength, unity and love.
The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers.

 
Lani 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. Lani has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Doll care: Gently brush the dolls and their clothing with a soft dry toothbrush to remove dust. Always brush the faces and bodies upwards towards the hair.

Lani is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She is a collector’s item bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii. Lani comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Lani is ready to be your new friend and shine her way into your heart.
Lani’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates unconditional Aloha.