Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Hawaiian Kukui Nut Tree, Spirit Revealing Itself

In ancient Hawaii the silvery glow of the Kukui Nut Tree represented light, hope, and renewal.

It was believed that a Kukui Nut Tree planted in front of the house revealed the owners spirit. Because of its beauty and many uses the Kukui, also known as the Candlenut tree, became the state tree of Hawaii.

Kukui was believed to be one of the kino laus or physical manifestations of Lono, the Hawaiian god of agriculture and fertility. Lono appeared when abundance was ready to be harvested.

In old Hawaii Kukui nut leis were worn by the Ali’I (royalty) to honor the life-giving force of Lono and to show their social status. For them it was like wearing a lei of light providing hope, healing and protection. Hawaiians also used their Kukui seed leis as prayer beads, over time increasing their beauty by filling them with their Mana (spiritual energy).

Kukui Nut Lei

Kukui nuts were used for light, navigation, medicinal, spiritual and many other purposes. Kukui nut oil provided light for the first Hawaiian torches. The oil was and still is used for massages, moisturizing the skin, and many other healing benefits. Early Hawaiians used Kukui nut candles were to keep track of time.

Kukui symbolizes inner light, hope and renewal, spirit revealing itself. 

The spiritual significance of the Kukui Nut Tree inspired the creation of Kukui, the Menehune Baby.

Kukui (Inner Light)
Birth Date: Pepeluali 14, 2016 (02-14-16)

Kukui’s Mana (spiritual energy) reflects the light of the Kukui Nut Tree, offering love, hope, healing and protection. Kukui guides us to reconnect with our spiritual origin, the eternal presence of love within and all around us.

Kukui is named after the Hawaiian Kukui Nut Tree which represents inner light, hope and renewal, spirit revealing itself. Kukui is a Pepe (baby), who just left the spiritual world. Her memory and connection to her origin are very strong. The deep inner knowing that she is always taken care of fills her with trust and love.
Kukui is the Menehune's Keiki Punahele (beloved child). They love her and take turns watching over her at all times. Rejoicing in her sweet innocence, they softly sing a Hawaiian lullaby to her:
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

Surrounded by her Ohana’s (family’s) Aloha (love), Kukui lies contently on a big Kukui Nut leaf in her coconut cradle sucking on her thumb.

Kukui's Tutu (grandmother) crocheted her purple pants and matching booties which she adorned with 2 tiny pink crystals. She wove a purple feather lei and fastened 2 Kukui nuts on the ends. The Hulu (feather) lei is believed to link to the divine. The Kukui nuts symbolize light and protection.
Last Tutu put a big Plumeria flower behind Kukui's ear. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Kukui 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. Kukui has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.

The coconut for Kukui’s cradle was selected from palm trees Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Kukui's Mana nourishes and rejuvenates the spirit within.





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hawaii's Coral Reef, Sacred Landscape of the Pacific Ocean

The magnificent Puna (Coral) is a gift from the ocean.

Coral is believed to have great magical and medicinal Mana (spiritual energy). It is the stone of passion and healing. Coral provides protection from illness and harm. According to research, corals contain hormones which have a strong positive influence on the human body. Ashes from burned Coral heal wounds and ulcers. Coral powder dissolved in water is an effective pain-killer.

Coral also is believed to attract love, prosperity, creativity, optimism, inner peace, strength and understanding of life's purpose.

Hawaii's coral reefs stretch out for more than 1200 miles in the Pacific Ocean, covering about 85% of all coral reefs in the US. The reef is of great importance to the ocean environment and its inhabitants as well as to humans. It supports marine and terrestrial life.
They look just like rocks, but reefs are alive. Corals give them their structure, offering habitat and food to the many fish, lobsters, octopus and crabs. The 500 different species of algae growing on the Hawaiian coral reef provide food and life-sustaining oxygen for all marine life. Algae provide more oxygen than all land plants worldwide combined.
Many of the plants, fish, and invertebrates found in the Hawaiian coral reef are endemic to Hawaii. In old Hawaii reef fish provided the people with  protein and are still considered a delicacy today.
Reefs protect shorelines from erosion and storm damage by limiting the impact of strong waves.


The beautiful beaches of Hawaii were created by the coral reef. Beach sand evolves from dead fragments of coral, shells and calcified algae. 

The great surfing waves of Hawaii are shaped by the reefs.
Snorkeling and diving in the enchanting coral reef makes the Pacific Ocean and underwater paradise, which allows us to connect with the wonders of nature.

Hawaiian reefs are endangered. Showing respect and appreciation by helping to clean the beaches, catching only the fish that are really needed, refraining from throwing waste into the water will help to sustain our precious coral reefs.

Malama Ka'aina!- Care for the land!

The magnificent Hawaiian Puna inspired the creation of Menehune girl Lokalia (Coral).

 Lokalia (Coral), the Healer
 Birthdate: Pepeluali 2, 2016 (02-02-16)

Allow Lokalia to be your healing guide. Her coral Mana restores Pono (harmony) in mind, body and soul.

Lokalia's gift to you is a precious piece of Hawaiian coral, the stone of passion and healing. Little Menehune girl Lokalia reflects the coral's great magical and medicinal Mana (spiritual energy).
Lokalia is a Ho'ola (healer). Walking along the shores of the magnificent Punalu’u Black Sands Beach, Lokalia searches for the gorgeous corals, she is named after. When the signs are right and the spirits permit, she gathers the corals. Chanting a Pule (prayer) to give thanks for the gift, Lokalia cleans the corals in the ocean water and merges with their Mana.
As soon as she enters her Ohana’s (family’s) village, all the Menehunes gather around her. “Aloha e Lokalia!” they greet her respectfully. Lokalia is the Menehune’s Ho'ola. Being around Lokalia’s corals and healing Mana leaves the Menehunes with a feeling of deep inner peace and happiness.


Lokalia's Tutu (grandmother) sewed her blue dress and crocheted pink panties with matching shoes. She hand drew a pink coral design on the front of the dress to enhance Lokalia's magical coral Mana. All these things were Tutu's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


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

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

Lokalia brings you the healing Mana of the Hawaiian Coral.



Friday, January 22, 2016

Handmade Hawaiian Custom Birthday Doll

Create your own custom Birthday Doll! 

Chose a birth date, colors, flowers, accessories, etc.

What are your dreams, goals and wishes? 

Let your Birthday Doll help to manifest your desires!

She or he will bring the Aloha spirit into your life.




Sunday, January 3, 2016

Lono, Hawaiian God of Peace and Prosperity

Can you hear the heart beat of the Pahu Pule (prayer drum)? It announces the arrival of Lono, the god of the land, of peace and prosperity, of the rain, the thunder and the winds.

Lono's appearance signifies that good fortune in all areas of life is ready to be harvested.

"Ou kinoi Lono i ka lani,
He ao loa, he ao poko,
He ao kiei, he ao halo
He ao hoopua i ka lani

Your bodies, O Lono, are in the heavens
A long cloud, a short cloud
A watchful cloud,
An overlooking cloud in the heavens"

According to legend, Lono descended from the heavens to earth on a rainbow in order to marry Laka, Goddess of the Hula. Lono could take on many different Kino lau (body forms) , such as rain clouds shifting and changing in the sky, followed by rainbows.

Rainwater is a life giving force. Lono's essence makes our lives come alive.

Lono was also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of Makahiki was held.


In ancient times the Makali'i (Pleiades) rising to greet the Hawaiian land, marked the start of the great Makahiki Festival and arrival of Lono. The festival was dedicated to the god of rain and agriculture.
For four months Hawaiians shifted their focus to Lono, honoring his Mana (spiritual energy) to invoke his blessings and a bountiful harvest. They called him Lono Makua; Lono the Provider.
All Hawaiians would participate in elaborate and complex religious rituals. The time of the Makahiki represented a major change in their way of life. Heiaus were built to pray for rain, abundant crops and protection from sickness and trouble.
War was kapu (forbidden) and everybody stopped working. An abundance of food was cooked in the Imu (underground oven). Before the people ate, they first showed their gratitude and respect by honoring Lono with Ho‘okupu (offerings) of the food and their harvest.
The Makahiki was also a time of conserving resources. The gathering of certain limu (seaweeds), I‘a (fish) or ‘Ai (foods) was Kapu (forbidden). This way balance was maintained and foods were allowed to replenish naturally.

In the playful spirit of Lono, the Makahiki was a time of rest, fun, games, dances and feasts. It was a time for pleasure, new growth and regeneration.

Menehune Doll Lono was created in honor of peace and abundance.


Birth Date: Ianuali 3, 2016 (01-01-16)

Lono's appearance signifies that good fortune in all areas of life is ready to be harvested.


Can you hear the heart beat of the Pahu Pule (prayer drum)? It announces the arrival of Lono, the bringer of peace, prosperity and good fortune. The Menehunes jump up and down with excitement! Lono is coming and the great Makahiki festival is about to begin! They will have 4 months of fun, games, stories, dances and feasts. Lono, their Makua (provider), will ensure abundance and good fortune in all areas of life.
Lono was named after the Hawaiian God of Peace and Prosperity. Everybody is enchanted by his playful spirit and powerful Mana (spiritual energy).


Being around Lono ensures prosperity and a bountiful harvest.

Lono always reminds the Menehunes to never forget about sharing their abundance with everybody.
Lono’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his black Malu (wraparound) and the red belt. She wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Lono's Maile Haku (head lei), wrist and ankle leis. In Hawaii Maile is the lei of eternal love. It represents spiritual strength and unity and is believed to link to the divine. 

Lono's hair is braided in the back in honor of the Akuas (gods).

Lono's Kuku (grandfather) blesses the Pahu Pule. Many years ago it was crafted out of bamboo and decorated with little black Honus (turtles). The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck. Following tradition, it has been handed down through generations. Now the time has come for Kuku to offer it to his grandson. Lono is greatly honored to be the chosen drummer of the sacred Pahu Pule.
All these things were Kuku's and Tutu’s sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).


Chanting to the heart beat of his Pahu Pule, Lono honors his sister Pele while they rejoice in the Mana of peace and happiness of the sacred Hawaiian Ohia Forest.

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

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


Being around Lono ensures prosperity and a bountiful harvest.








Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Hawaiian Pahu: Celebrating the Sacred

Pahu Li'i (Little Drum)

E hō mai ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea hūnā noʻeau
o nā mele ē
E hō mai ē 

Grant us the knowledge from above
The knowledge hidden 
in the chants
Grant us these things

 The strong Mana (spiritual energy) of the Hawaiian Pahu (drum) celebrates the sacred. The Pahu's sounds of power amplify sacred chants and Hula.

"Its deep solemn tone inspires the dancers and stirs the emotions of the spectators." 

The Pahu raises the Mana of celebrations and ceremonies in honor of the Akuas (Gods). All over the world the drum enhances rituals of healing, consciousness transformation and prayers. In old Hawaii drums were given names because they have a voice.

Up to this day the Pahu (drum) has been one of the most important percussion instrument in Hawaii.
According to Legend, La'a mai Kahiki (La'a from Tahiti) is said to have brought the drum and Hula dance to Hawaii during the twelfth or thirteenth century. He chanted and played the Pahu as his canoe passed the islands. On O'ahu, one of the islanders raced along the shore following the canoe while pounding his chest in imitation of La'a's drum. Later this man fashioned a drum and taught the people of O'ahu to play it.
There are different kinds of Pahus the Ho'opa'a (drummer and chanter) might use:

Pahu Hula (dance drum)


Ipu Hula (double calabash drum) 


Puniu (coconut knee drum) 





Pahu Pule (prayer drum)

Pahu Pule (prayer drum) was considered sacred and always kept in the Hale Pahu (drum house) of the Heiau (temple). Temple drums were large, up to 46 inches tall, made from coconut or breadfruit log, the drum head covered with shark or fish-skin.


The sacred nature of the Hawaiian Pahu inspired the creation of Pahu Li'i (Little Drum).


Pahu Li'i (Little Drum)
Birth Date: Kekemapa 22, 2015 (12-22-15) 

Pahu Li'i invites you to join her in a celebration of the sacred!

E hō mai ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea hūnā noʻeau
o nā mele ē
E hō mai ē

Grant us the knowledge from above
The knowledge hidden 
in the chants
Grant us these things


The divine beat of Pahu Li'i’s Drum signals the beginning of an empowering ritual.
Chanting and drumming softly, Pahu Li'i walks through the sacred Hawaiian forest. She rejoices in the Mana of peace and happiness that surrounds her.
In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Pahu Li'i honors the Akuas (Gods). She tells stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians), the sacredness of life and respect for all things with her drumming and chants.
Pahu Li'i's rituals have the greatest potential to create healing transitions, restore peace and harmony within ourselves or in relationships, provide materialistic gains, and fulfill many more of our deepest desires.

Pahu Li'i's rituals inspire us to celebrate and manifest the sacred. 

Pahu Li'i’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pahu Li'i 's red and green feather and 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.
Tutu also sewed Pahu Li'i’s yellow dress with a red belt and matching crocheted panties. Last she gave Pahu Li'i the precious little Puniu (coconut drum) and drum stick, which, following tradition, has been handed down through generations. All these things were Tutu's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

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

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

Pahu Li'i inspires the power of rituals.






Saturday, December 12, 2015

Poli'ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea


In Hawaiian mythology Poli’ahu is the Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language Poli’ahu means “caress”.
The Snow Goddess Poli’ahu gently caresses the summit of Mauna Kea with her pure white cloak in the winter and beautifies the mountain with her pink and gold cloak in the summer.

 Mauna Kea

Translated from the Hawaiian language Mauna Kea means “the White Mountain”. The mountains of the island were always sacred to the Hawaiians, and Mauna Kea is the most sacred of all. In ancient times the law allowed only high-ranking tribal chiefs to visit its peak.
The fascinating summit of the dormant volcano is at 13,803 feet the highest point in the State of Hawaii. Measured from its base on the ocean floor, it rises over 33,000 feet, making it the tallest mountain on earth. Mauna Kea last erupted about 4000 years ago.
This majestic mountain is only about one million years old. In the past glaciers covered the summit of Mauna Kea. Glacial features and a few rock glaciers have remained on the summit until today.
Mauna Kea’s high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow make it one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation. The world’s largest collection of international astronomical observatories is located on the summit of Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea also is home to many endangered plants and animals, including the Wekiu bug, the Palila (a rare bird), and the Mauna Kea Silversword.

Lake Waiau
Lake Waiau, located on the summit platform of Mauna Kea, is one of the highest elevated lakes on the planet. Lake Waiau is a sacred site. Ancient Hawaiians believed that the Lake was a bottomless portal to the spirit world. Its water was considered pure water of the gods. According to Hawaiian beliefs, water captured in the piko (the center) is considered pure and sacred. The water of Lake Waiau is worshipped as the most sacred. In ancient time, a chief would throw the umbilical cord of their first son into the lake to reserve the place for the child's afterlife as a chief.
People believe in the immense powers of Lake Waiau up to this day and visit it to perform rituals or collect the water for good health.


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 winning a race against the Volcano goddess Pele at the Hawaiian sledding sport called “he’eholua”. 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.

The legend of the Hawaiian Snow Goddess inspired the creation of the miniature Magical Hawaiian Goddess Poli'ahu.

Poli’ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea
Birthdate: Kēkēmapa 12, 2015 (12/12/15)

Connect with Poli’ahu’s Mana and learn how to be victorious over all of life’s challenges by caressing them with tenderness and stillness.

Swinging her magical Snowflake Ko'o (wand), Poli'ahu happily skips over the hardened lava on the majestic Mauna Kea Volcano. She is enchanted by the beauty of the mountain and eager to share the blessing of her powerful Mana (spiritual energy) with her Ohana (family) and friends.
Poli’ahu is named after the Hawaiian Snow Goddess who resides on the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain), the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Poli’ahu’s name means caress. Her serene, gentle Mana (spiritual energy) is like the caress of a soft, pure, white snow blanket.
'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, is Poli’ahu’s Aumakua (ancestral spirit) and her loyal companion.
'Io is just a baby hawk. He loves to play and ride on Poli'ahu’s right hand revealing his miraculous powers and loving concerns to her.
'Io appears whenever Poli'ahu calls on him but he also often comes on his own at important times of change, when he knows that his advise is needed. 'Io always lands on Poli'ahu’s right hand where she greets him with love and respect. He gently chirps sweet songs and secret messages in Poli’ahu’s ear, guiding her even deeper into her place of inner stillness.

Like the Hawaiian Snow Goddess, Poli’ahu is dressed in a white skirt and top symbolizing a mantle of snow on the mountain. Her hair is adorned with a white tiara and silver crystals much like the icicles on the summit of Mauna Kea. Poli'ahu also wears white crocheted panties and matching shoes adorned with crystals. Crystals inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.


Poli'ahu 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. Poli'ahu has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
'Io is made out of brown synthetic fur and feathers. The eyes are black crystals. The beak is hand molded out of clay.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Poli'ahu and I'o are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Poli'ahu and ‘Io reflect the majestic Mana of Mauna Kea.



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Leilani, the Christmas Angel


The sacred sound of the Pu (Conch Shell) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Leilani, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Leilani’s heavenly Mana (spiritual energy) radiates the power of unconditional Aloha (love).
Leilani's home is Lanikeha, the heaven. The heavenly light of Leilani’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Leilani always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence.


Hearing the divine calling of the Pu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Leilani is near. Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her shell candle and magical Pua Kalikimakas (Christmas Flowers) 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 Leilani appears offering her wisdom and guidance.

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

Leilani often rests among the Pine trees in the serene Hawaiian forest, worshiping the beautiful world around her. She never tires of rejoicing in the abundant splendor of nature.

Leilani wears a Tapa cloth dress with a Honu (turtle) design, red crocheted panties and matching shoes adorned with crystals. The Pua Kalikimaka (poinsettia) flowers in her hair and on her dress represent purity and love.


Leilani 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. Leilani has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.  She is holding an shell with a candle in her hands. The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Leilani 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.

In the spirit of Christmas Leilani’s Mana radiates heavenly unconditional Aloha.