Sunday, June 11, 2017

One of a Kind Moana Dolls

It was so much fun to make these Moana Dolls for my granddaughters!

They are available on special order. 

Moana is a 10” tall cloth doll who is 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.
Moana wears a grass skirt and outer beige skirt with Plumeria flowers. She has a red, yellow and brown top and matching shorts. A white conch shell lei is wrapped around her top. Her neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace. 
Moana stands on her own. 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.

$99 per doll
Allow about 1 week for your doll to be finished.
Contact: menehunebabies@gmail.com

Pu, the Mo'olelo

Pu (Conch Shell) 
Birth Date: Lune 11, 2017 (06/11/17)

Pu, the Mo’olelo (story teller) uses the power of words to weave wishes into reality.

Standing up on a hill in the Kaiholena Mountains, Pu blows his conch shell in the 4 sacred directions, announcing to his Menehune Ohana (family) that he is ready to tell another one of his exciting stories to them. As the powerful sound of Pu’s conch shell echoes across the 'Aina (land), the Menehunes come running to the story place in the ferns to hear Pu’s new tale.

Pu tells stories about the Menehune Ohana, the Hawaiian animals, the forest, the ocean, and the stars in the Universe. The Menehunes listen to Pu’s story in wonder, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and always full of excitement. Pu’s stories are wonderful!

Pu uses his words to weave the story into being. 
He knows that words and thoughts have tremendous power to shape reality, 
changing the past, present, and future.

Pu knows how to tell your story too. 
He will use his words to weave your wishes into reality.


The conch shell was Kuku’s (grandfather’s) gift of Aloha (love) to his Mo’opuna Kane (grandson). Pu always carries his conch shell, even when he goes to sleep. It attracts good luck and the courage to manifest dreams.
Pu’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his lava lava (wraparound) out of blue and green cotton with a conch shell and starfish design. She lovingly wove Pu's blue and green feather Haku (head lei), wrist and ankle leis. Last Tutu wrapped a conch shell lei around Pu's neck to invoke divine blessings.

Pu conveys the magical power of words.

Pu 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. His body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.

Pu sits and stands on his own. 
All accessories are individually hand crafted.
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.

Pu is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of him has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime.
Pu reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. He is ready to be your new friend and blow his way into your heart.

Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life.
Huggable Hawaiian Art 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).

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$99.00

Monday, June 5, 2017

Huggable and Miniature Hawaiian Art Dolls

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

Lately my love for dolls has been growing into also creating bigger, 10" huggable dolls. Just like the little ones, they are adorable and always seem to be so very alive.
Creating a Menehune doll transfers me into a doll life of my own. Sewing the body, dressing it, the intricate art of embroidering the face, with every meticulous stitch, every step of the way, the doll grows and takes on a life of its own.

I usually start with a clear image of the doll I want to create: its gender, the clothes, accessories, and sometimes even its name and part of its story. The flow of possibilities and creative ideas is endless. Sewing the body, stuffing it, embroidering the face, every step of the way, the doll grows and takes on a life of its own. It is almost as if the doll is dictating who he or she wants to become.
Sometimes my original plan of the design don’t seem to apply at all anymore. But I follow these inspirations because now I have entered the place of true doll making, where a deeper part of me takes over communicating with the developing spirit of the doll.
I have reached my inner place of stillness, inspiration, and guidance where I find and lose myself at the same time. It enhances my ability to communicate ideas and feelings in ways where words fail. At this point I know that my new doll has a soul and a personality.

The spirit of true doll making is enlightening!

Through my Menehune  Dolls I always try to capture the ancient, magical spirit of Hawaii where I have lived for the past 34 years. Hawaiians are deeply in touch with their creative and intuitive nature. They live in harmony with creation.
The wisdom of Hawaiian culture and spirituality inspires me. I do a lot of research to integrate Hawaiian traditions and symbols into my dolls and their stories which has further increased my deep love and respect for all that is Hawaii. Hawaiian tradition emphasizes Mana or spiritual energy which is expressed in philosophies, symbolism, and culture.

The miniature and huggable Pele dolls are an expression of love. This is the first time I have created 2 of the same dolls in different sizes. I feel like these little beauties are nurturing my spirit and taking care of me which in turn makes me want to take care of them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pua Olena, Dream Felt Beauty

Pua 'Olena
Birth Date: Mei 30, 2017 (05/30/17)

Pua 'Olena invites you to enter her sacred space so that your beauty can unfold like the precious blossoms of the 'Olena plant.

Pua `olena, pua moe wale
I ka nahele e moe nei

Pua `olena, dream filled beauty
Of my garden, deep in slumber

Ha`ina mai ka puana
Pua moe wale, pua moe `ole
I ka nahele o Hanalei

Show your beauty`Olena blossom, `olena blossom
Tell the storyBlossom asleep, blossom awake
In the forest of Hanalei


The gorgeous 'Olena plant contains much healing Mana (spiritual energy). In old Hawaii it was ceremoniously used as a purifier. The crushed roots were mixed with seawater and sprinkled on places to remove negative energies.

'Ōlena is a member of the ginger family. The many healing powers of the root include: relief of earaches, clearing the sinuses, diuretic relief and acne treatment. It also enhances the immune system and purifies the blood. Additionally 'Olena is used as a perfume and to make dye and tea.

The magical Mana of the beautiful 'Olena plant inspired the creation of Menehune girl Pua 'Olena, the Hula Dancer.

With a big smile on her beautiful face Pua 'Olena chants and dances to the sacred beat of her Ipu Heke. She honors the magical healing Mana (spiritual energy) of the 'Olena plant, which she is named after.
Her chants and graceful movements tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and much more.

Pua Olena's dance contains a magic that conveys the spirit of Aloha.


Pua Olena wears a green grass skirt with a green and purple top and matching short pants. She wears flower leis around her head, wrists and ankles. She holds a miniature Ipu Heke.
Pua Olena 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, stuffed with high quality poly fill and wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. 

Pua Olena sits and stands on her own.
All accessories were individually hand crafted.

Pua Olena 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. 

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

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


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.









Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hani, Surrender to the Waves of Life

Hani (Joy), Goddess of the Surf
Birth Date: Mei 14, 2017 (05-14-17)

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


He'e Wahine I Ka Lani! 

Hani is a Goddess in the Surf!

He'e Ana I Ka Lala, 

Ho'iana I Kamuku

Sliding across the face of a wave, 

returning to the curl.


Hani's best friend and greatest teacher is the ocean.

When the surf is up, Hani runs down to Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. She can’t wait to get into the ocean. Her heart dances with Hopupu (excitement) as she eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves. 

Hani loves the Pacific Ocean and the surf has been her greatest teacher, evoking deep respect and humbleness within her. She knows that every wave presents a challenge of going with its flow. Hani watches the waves, feels them inside, and connects to their Mana (spiritual energy).

She flies along the sea on her Olo (surfboard), riding the waves with focus and balance. Hani 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 her way of life! Hani is a Goddess in the surf!


Hani wears a green bikini with a pink sea star crystal on her top. Her Lauhala hat protects her from the sun and is surrounded by a pink feather lei. She carries her wooden surfboard decorated with a pink Plumeria flower and a map of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hani 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 legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.

 
Hani sits and stands on her own. 

All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Hani 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.

 
Hani reflects the spiritual powers of the Hawaiian Waters.
She is ready to be your new friend and surf her way into your heart.



Welcome to the enchanting world of Hawaiian Art Dolls!

Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life.
Huggable Hawaiian Art 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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Moana, Empowering Faith and Courage

Moana (Ocean)
Birth Date: Mei 14, 2017 (05-14-17)

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

Welcome to the enchanting world of Hawaiian Art Dolls!
Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life.

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


Moana wears a grass skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching wraparound. A white conch shell lei is wrapped around her top. Her neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace. She carries her custom made Koa paddle.

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 legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. 

Moana sits and stands on her own. 

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 paddle her way into your heart.

Huggable Hawaiian Art 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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Koko, Hawaiian Blood

Koko (Hawaiian Blood)

The Hawaiian meaning of ‘Koko’ is blood. But Koko is not about the blood that runs through our veins. Koko is the Aka (umbilical) cord that connects us to the Wao Akua (realm of the Gods), Aumakuas (ancestral spirits) and the ‘Aina (land). 
Hawaiian identity lies in a genealogical relationship with the ‘Ike (knowledge), Ikaika (strength) and Mana (spiritual energy) of the Aumakuas (ancestral spirits). Hawaiians believe that the strength of their ancestors lies within them. They embrace the Kuleana (responsibility) of caring for the land and being a reflection of their Kapunas (teachers). They believe that their Pono (goodness) will reflect upon their descendants. The Koko channels these energies.

Koko Head Crater is one of the most popular landscapes on Oahu’s south shore.


The old Hawaiian name for Koko Crater is Kohelepelepe, which means 'labia minor' in the Hawaiian language.


Koko, the Hula Dancer, was created in honor of the meaning of Hawaiian Blood.

Koko (Hawaiian Blood) 
Birth Date: 'Apelila 20, 2017 (04/20/17) 

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

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 

The divine beat of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) as Koko gracefully performs the ancient Hula. With strength and agility he moves in harmony to sacred Hawaiian chants. In Hawaii Koko means 'blood' and represents the Aka (umbilical) cord that connects us to the Wao Akua (realm of the Gods), Aumakuas (ancestral spirits) and the ‘Aina (land).

In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Koko honors the gods, tells stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians),the sacredness of life and respect for all things with his dance. The Menehune Ohana (family) loves to watch. 


Koko's Hula is wonderful! It contains a magic that conveys the spirit of Aloha. 

Koko’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into her Mo’opuna Kane’s (grandson’s) turquoise Hulu (feather) head, wrist and ankle leis. Tutu made Koko’s traditional grass skirt and added many white conch shells. In Hawaii the Hulu and conch shell invoke blessings of the divine.


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

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


Koko’s dance honors the sacredness of life. 

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