Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
Birthdate: Kekemapa 18, 2014 (12/18/14)

Aloha e Pele! (Greetings, Pele!) 

The Menehunes clap their hands, jumping up and down with excitement as soon as Pele emerges from the sacred Ohia forest.
Pele always brings the most fascinating news about the flaming spirit of Hawaii’s Volcano Goddess hurling fiery ribbons of lava down the mountain slopes, giving birth to new rock formations and land.
Pele’s gifts and blessings are the Maile Lei and a flame of Kilauea Volcano in a black lava bowl. Maile is the lei of eternal love. The flame embodies the light of spirit, knowledge and life. 


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

Gifted with a passionate spirit, little Menehune girl Pele was named after Hawaii’s Fire Goddess.


Pele’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the Haku (head lei) and Maile lei. Like molten lava, the colorful Haku flows all the way down and around the trail of Pele's dress. It symbolizes the new leaves and precious Lehua blossoms of the sacred Hawaiian Ohia Tree, which is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. 
Tutu also sewed Pele’s flame red dress and crocheted black panties and matching shoes. She adorned the shoes and dress with bright red crystals.
All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter). 



Pele’s abundant black hair cascades down her back like the lava flow on the mountain slope.

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

Pele often walks through the sacred Hawaiian Ohia forest. She always rejoices in the Mana of peace and happiness that surrounds her.

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


Pele blesses you with her flame of Kilauea Volcano.









Saturday, November 22, 2014

Aloha Doll Ornaments

Aloha Nui Loa (with lots of love)
Aloha Dolls radiate the magical spirit of Hawaii to all who are around them.

Aloha Dolls are one of a kind ornament dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
They are a miniature simplified version of the collectible Magical Hawaiian Menehune Dolls. Aloha Dolls are about 3" tall. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face giving each doll a unique personality. Aloha Dolls are made to be handled with love and care. They are not suitable as a child's toy.
They are hung from an invisible loop to add their enchanting grace to any tree and embrace your home with the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.
Aloha Dolls are a wonderful gift to people close to you or to yourself at any time of the year. 

Leilani (Heavenly Flower) has green leaf wings. She is a little flower fairy and wears a red and yellow flower dress, a yellow head lei and a Plumeria flower. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Leilani invites you to enter her sacred space so that your beauty can unfold like the precious blossoms of the Plumeria Tree.


Lulu (Peace) wears a green grass skirt, blue crocheted bikini pants and top a green Ti leaf lei and a Plumeria flower. All accessories were individually handcrafted. 
Lulu embraces you with peace and harmony.



Pele is named after the famous Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. She wears a lava red dress and a green feather head lei adorned wit red crystals. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Pele radiates strength and passion.


Alohi (Love) wears a hula skirt, green feather leis and matching crocheted panties. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Allow Alohi to bless you with her love and let the spirit of Aloha shine from your heart.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Hula

Mele Kalikimaka! 
(Merry Christmas)

All these Menehunes are dancing into the Christmas spirit.Why not join them in their inspired celebration?

Uli'uli’s and Pu'ili’s Hula honors the miracle of creation.


Kahiko’s dance inspires us to awake, move forward and persevere, to live in faith with intention, determination and courage.


The gentle breeze of Olapa’s Mana (spiritual energy) empowers the spirit within.


Pua 'Olena’s dance channels the healing Mana of the 'Olena plant.



Mele Kalikimaka!






Friday, October 17, 2014

Hi'iaka, Cradled in the Arms of Pele

No Hi‘iaka nō he inoa ‘eā
In honor of Hi‘iaka

Hi’iaka is Hawaii's patron Goddess. She possesses the power to heal and the truth of vision. Hi'iaka is worshipped for her Hula and many dances have been dedicated just to her. She also is the favorite youngest sister of Pele, Hawaii's famous and feared Volcano Goddess.

It is said that Hi'iaka was born in Tahiti by the great Earth Mother Haumea in the form of an egg. Pele lovingly carried her sister in her armpit on the long canoe ride from Tahiti to Hawaii. Hi'iaka is therefore often called Hi’iaka i ka poli o Pele, which means “cradled in the armpit of Pele”. At long last they reached Pele's new home on Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. There Pele nurtured Hi’iaka in the beautiful Ohia forest until she hatched.

Goddess Pele creates the land with molten fiery hot lava. Hi’iaka blesses the land with rain and creates soil, trees and life with her healing Mana (spiritual energy). Together the sister Goddesses ensure that the growth and life of the land continues.

Hi'iaka's beloved Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. It signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning. Hi'iaka lives in a sacred grove of Ohia trees where she spends her days dancing with the Akuas (spirits) of the forest.

One famous legend tells of Hi'iaka's precarious journey to Kaua'i where she was sent by her sister to bring back Pele's lover, Lohi'au. Pele asked Hi'aka to be back within 40 days and promised to protect her sacred Lehua groves and best friend Hopoe during that time.
But Hi'iaka encountered many obstacles on her journey: The landscape was treacherous, the weather hostile and deadly Mo'o lizards attempted to trap her. When she finally reached Lohi'au's home on Kaua'i, he had committed suicide because of his longing for Pele. Hi'iaka was able to revive him with the power of her chanting and prayers.
Hi'iaka was armed with some of Pele's Mana (powers), but she was still unable to complete the mission in 40 days. Pele, fearing that Hiʻiaka had betrayed her and was keeping her handsome lover for herself, was enraged. She destroyed Hiʻiaka's sacred Lehua groves and killed her friend Hopoe, turning her into stone.
When Hiʻiaka returned, seeing her friend dead and her forest ravaged, she took revenge on Pele and made love to Lohiau right on the edge of the crater where Pele was sure to see them. Furiously, Pele covered the couple in waves of fiery hot lava. Hiʻiaka was unharmed, but Lohiau died. Hiʻiaka brought him back to life for the second time.
Pele regretted her actions toward her beloved sister's Lehua groves and best friend. She decided to let Lohiau choose who he wanted to be with.
During their long and dangerous journey from Kaua'i, Lohi'au had come to love and greatly admire Hi'iaka for her bravery, loyalty, kindness and beauty. He chose her for his wife and took her back to Kaua'i with him.

Hi'iaka connects our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). The reality of our outer lives is often the result of what we carry in our hearts. Hi'iaka teaches us to focus on our higher purpose. If you choose wisely, you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities.

Goddess Hi'iaka's divine Mana inspired the creation of Menehune Dolls, Hi'iaka and Lohi'au.


Hi'iaka and Lohi'au
Birth Date: ʻOkakopa 15, 2014 (10/15/14)



Onaona i Kahala me Ka Lehua
He Hale Lehua no ia na Ka noe
Aloha e, Aloha e

(Fragrant with the breath of Hala and Lehua
This is the sight I long to see
Greetings, Greetings)

The sacred drumming of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the 'Aina (land) as Hi'iaka and Lohi'au dance and chant with the Akuas (spirits) of the Ohia Forest.
The Menehune Ohana (family) watches in awe as the harmony of Ipu, Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.



Hi'iaka and Lohi'au connect our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). Focus on your higher purpose, choose wisely and you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities.





Hi'iaka and Lohi'au are Menehune Mahoes (twins) and inseparable. Tutu (grandmother) is their Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught them the powerful chants and movements of the Hula.
Tutu sewed Hi'iaka's dress and Lohi'au's Malu (loincloth). She crocheted matching shoes and panties for her Mo’opunas (grandchildren). Tutu also wove Lohi'au's Ti Leaf lei and Hi'iaka's yellow feather Haku (head lei) and wrist leis. In Hawaii Ti Leafs are used for protection and purification. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine. Last Tutu stuck a beautiful red Lehua flower behing Hi'iaka's ear. Lehua means 'Flower sacred to the Gods'.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful of the Ipus for Lohi'au. She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a Ti Leaf lei. It became Lohi'au’s most treasured possession.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas.

Hi'iaka and Lohi'au are about 3.5” 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. Hi'iaka and Lohi'au have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Hi'iaka and Lohi'au spend their days in the sacred Ohia forest playing, dancing and chanting, honoring the Akuas. Often their big sister, Pele, comes down the mountain on the hardened lava flow to join her beloved brother and sister in their delightful games and dances.

Hi'iaka and Lohi'au are one of a kind display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.


Hi'iaka's and Lohi'au's Mana attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.















Sunday, October 5, 2014

He'e Holua, Riding the Waves of Pele

Hawaiian Mountain Surfing

‘Riding the waves of Pele’ refers to the ancient art of lava sledding in Hawaii. In this 2000 year old athletic ritual the natives risked their lives to honor Pele, the mystical Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcanoes.

Standing, laying or sitting on their Holua sleds they would surf the lava of the volcanic slopes reaching over 50 mph. The Holua sled, 12 feet long, 6 inches wide and 4 inches in depth, was carved from native Ohia or Kauila wood. All the ancient Holua slides were built around Heiaus, altars of worship for Pele, the volcano Goddess.

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, the Snow Goddess, winning a he’e holua race on Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, against the Volcano Goddess Pele. 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.

Hawaii’s sacred sledding inspired the creation of Mu, the Menehune Christmas Elf.
Mu’s miniature sled was constructed following the concept of ancient Hawaiian sleds.

Mu, the Menehune Christmas Elf
Birthdate: Kekemapa 24th, 2013 (12/24/13)

“Mele Kalikimaka!” (Merry Christmas)

The sound of Mu’s (Elf) voice echoes through the forest as he zooms down the mountain slopes on his Holua (Hawaiian sled) ringing his Christmas bell. Mu’s Holua is loaded with gifts for his Menehune Ohana (family). There is a basket with the Menehune’s favorite treats, Mai’as (bananas) and a big Kahiki (pineapple), but there also is a box wrapped in tapa cloth (bark cloth) with a big red bow. It holds a secret present, a magical treasure which will fulfill somebody’s most heartfelt desire.

Mu carries a big surprise for you too. Close your eyes, make a wish and get ready to open your magical gift!



Mu is the Menehune’s Christmas Elf. He wears red elf shoes with a matching Santa Claus hat. Mu’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed all these clothes for him. She also crocheted his green shorts and wove her Mana (spiritual energy) into the green Hulu (feather) lei he wears around his hat. In Hawaii the Hulu is believed to link to the divine.
Last she draped a Kukui lei around Mu’s neck to protect her Mo’opuna Kane (grandson) on his dangerous sled rides down Hawaii’s volcanic mountain slopes.
Mu and his Kuku (grandfather) built the Holua together. They carved it out of Hawaiian Kauila wood and tied a bamboo railing with raffia to both sides of the sled. They surrounded the sled with Ti Leaves to assure that Mu will always be save and protected on his Holua.
All these precious things were Mu’s Kupuna’s (grandparents) gift of Aloha (love) to their grandson.




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




Mu’s sister, Poli’ahu the Hawaiian Snow Goddess, weaved the basket for her brother and tied a beautiful, big, red bow with a green crystal to it. Mu often visits Poli’ahu and Pueo (Owl) on the top of Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The three of them always have so much fun riding Mu’s Holua down the snow covered slopes of the great mountain.

Mu is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
His Holua is signed and dated. Mu comes with his sled, story and a certificate of authenticity.

Mu brings you the magical Mana of Hawaii.


www.HawaiianCollectibleMenehuneDolls.com






Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hawaiian Halloween, Pala'ai, the Menehune Witch


Creating a miniature Menehune witch combining colors, dress codes and accessories pertaining to Halloween and Hawaii challenged my imagination.
But here she is: Pala'ai, the little Menehune Witch.


Pala'ai (Pumpkin)
Birth Date: ‘Okakopa 31, 2013 (10-31-13)

It’s Halloween in the Menehune village! There is so much excitement in the air!
Pala'ai was born on October 31 and Halloween just is her favorite time of the year. This year, Pala'ai (Pumpkin) is dressed up as a little witch. Carrying her Ipu Pu (pumpkin), she zooms on her broom to the Menehune Ohana (family) casting blessings and magical spells of Aloha (love) upon everyone she meets. Pala'ai’s happiness is contagious and in no time all the Menehunes wear big smiles on their faces, sharing their favorite Halloween treats, mai’as (bananas) and kahikis (pineapple), with each other.

Pala'ai’s magical Mana (spiritual energy) casts blessings of love and joy.

Pala'ai’s Tutu (grandmother) made her Halloween costume. She crocheted the witch’s hat and decorated it with a green feather Haku and an orange pompon on the tip. Tutu sewed a black cape out of silky material held together by a crystal in the front and an orange wraparound skirt with a Hawaiian flower design. She wove another green feather lei which Pala'ai wears around her hips. Tutu crocheted Pala'ai’s pointy black witch’s shoes and decorated the tips with small black pompons. She also crocheted Ipu Pu (pumpkin) and embroidered a face onto him. Then she gave Pala'ai an orange Plumeria flower to put behind her ear and her magical kitchen broom because a witch just has to have a broom.
Pala'ai’s witch costume was Tutu’s gift of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna (granddaughter). Pala'ai loves to wear it. It makes her feel like a real little Hawaiian Menehune witch.


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

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

Pala'ai conveys the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.