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 






Monday, September 11, 2017

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. 


Allow Alohi to bless you with her love.

Alohi (Love) has long brown hair. She wears a green hula skirt with a green feather Haku (head lei) and a pink bikini. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Hoku embraces you with peace and harmony.

Hoku is a little flower fairy with green leaf wings. She wears a pink and white flower dress with a pink Haku (head lei) and a Plumeria flower in her ear. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Pele radiates strength and passion.

Pele is named after the famous Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. She wears a red dress with a volcano design and a yellow flame Haku (head lei). All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Mahina invites you to enter her sacred space so that your beauty can unfold 
like the precious blossoms of the Plumeria Tree.

Mahina is a little flower fairy with green leaf wings. She wears a blue and white flower dress with a green Haku (head lei) and a Plumeria flower in her ear. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kahunas from Hawaii

Creating a 4" and a 10" Menehune witch combining colors, dress codes and accessories pertaining to Hawaii challenged my imagination. But here they are:

Ivy and Amelia, the Hawaiian Witches
Birth Date: 'Aukake 30, 2017 (08-30-17)

Ivy's and Amelia’s magical Mana (spiritual energy) casts blessings of Aloha.

It’s Halloween in the Menehune village! There is so much excitement in the air!
Halloween is Amelia's favorite time of the year. This year, Ivy and Amelia are dressed up as little Kahunas (witches).

They carry their Pala'ais (pumpkins) and zoom on their brooms to the Menehune Ohana (family) casting blessings and magical spells of Aloha (love) upon everyone they meet.
Ivy's and Amelia’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.

Ivy and Amelia are little Kahunas (magicians) of joy!

Ivy's and Amelia’s Tutu (grandmother) made their Halloween costumes. Tutu sewed black capes and pointed hats out of black spider web material. Then she sewed orange skirts and matching tops. The color orange symbolizes joy and sunshine and matches Ivy's and Amelia's mystical spirit.
 Tutu wove green and yellow flower leis which Ivy and Amelia wear around their hips and hats. Tutu crocheted their pointy black witch’s shoes and decorated the tips with small black crystals. She also crocheted the Pala'ais (pumpkins), and embroidered a face onto them. Then Tutu gave Ivy and Amelia orange Plumeria flowers to put behind their ears and 2 magical kitchen brooms, because a witch just has to have a broom.
Ivy's and Amelia’s witch costumes were Tutu’s gift of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas (granddaughters). They loves to wear it. It makes them feel like a real little Hawaiian Menehune Kahunas.

Ivy and Amelia are one of a kind Hawaiian Art Dolls. Every bit of them has been lovingly handcrafted, to create new friends who will last a lifetime.

Ivy and Amelia bring you the magical spirit of Hawaii. 
They are ready to be your new friends and zoom their way into your heart.












Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opihi, the Power of Thought

Opihi
 Birthdate: 'Aukake 20, 2017 (08/20/2017)

Follow Opihi and let your thoughts become the seeds of 
what you wish to harvest!

Hinuhinu wale i ka lihi o ke kai
Shining there at the sea's edge

Me he pai pu`u ala i ho`opuu `ia
Clustered like little hills

`O ka `opihi hälala
The giant Opihi

Opihi is named after the limpet shells which grow in abundance on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and are considered a delicacy in Hawaii.


Opihi can’t wait to pick the delicious shells for his Ohana (family) and himself. But picking Opihi on the cliffs is very dangerous. Opihi’s Kuku (grandfather) promised that he will teach him how to pick them when he is a little bit older.
In the meantime Opihi is content to fill his fishing net with the delicious mussels he finds at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. Dinner will be a feast for his Ohana and him!

Opihi loves to play. While he patiently fills his net with mussels, he visualizes what it will be like when his Menehune Kaukini (cousin), Pu and his Honu (Turtle), come down to the beach and they start playing together. Opihi imagines how they will swim in the ocean, build castles in the black sand, and play races with the black beach crabs. They will have a blast!

Opihi knows that his thoughts are like seeds which grow into reality. 


Sure enough, there come Pu and Honu and the fun begins!


 Opihi’s Tutu (grandmother) polished the most beautiful Opihi shell and put it on her Mo'opuna Kane's (grandson's) head to protect him from the blazing sun at the beach. Tutu crafted and blessed his Opihi shell amulet. She also sewed his blue Malu (wraparound) with a Hawaiian reef fish. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha to her beloved Mo'opuna Kane.


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

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

Opihi conveys the power of thoughts.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pele's Fire

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
Birthdate: 'Aukake 12, 2017 (08-12-17)

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

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 carries a Pahu (staff) with a flame of Kilauea Volcano
surrounded by fragrant Maile leaves.
The flame embodies the light of spirit, knowledge and life.

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

Pele’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pele's Maile Haku (head lei). Tutu also sewed Pele’s red volcano dress which reflects the lava flow down the mountain slope.
She crocheted black panties and matching shoes. 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.


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



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ola, a Celebration of Life

Ola (Life)
Birth Date: 'Aukake 8, 2017 (08/08/17)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.

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

Celebrating the glorious magnificence of life, Ola dances the ancient Hawaiian Kahiko Hula. The beautiful 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.

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

Ola's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful movements of the Kahiko Hula.
Tutu also hand crafted the traditional hula skirt and coconut shell top. Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Ola's green feather and yellow sweet smelling Puakenikeni flower 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 wrapped a precious sea shell necklace around Ola's neck and stuck a beautiful yellow and orange Plumeria flower behind her ear. All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


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

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


 Ola's dance honors the sacredness of life.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Moana inspired Island Princess Art Doll

Moana (Ocean)
Birth Date: 'Aukake 4, 2017 (08-04-17)

Moana conveys empowering messages of faith and courage.
She inspires us to believe in ourselves and persevere.

Moana is named after her best friend and greatest teacher, the ocean. Vibrant and adventurous, she reflects faith, determination and courage.

Moana carries the sacred conch shell, which leads her to the heart.
Moana wears a grass skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching pants. Her outer skirt is decorated with Plumeria flowers and a belt matching her top. A white conch shell lei is wrapped around her top. Moana's neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace.
Moana 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.


Moana 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. 

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


Welcome to the enchanting world of Huggable Menehune Dolls!

Huggable Menehune Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life.
Huggable 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 booklet and a certificate of authenticity.