Monday, April 2, 2018

Hula, the Heartbeat of Hawaii

Aloha Mai 
 I come with love.

Hula is a highly ritualized Hawaiian dance expressing praise and worship to the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiian Hula is a way of life linking humanity to spirit. It teaches about nature, respect and all that is sacred. 

Hula is referred to as the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.

Many Kumu Hulas (Hula teachers) and Haumanas (students) dedicate their life to the art of Hula. Purification, rituals, and ceremonies have always been a prelude to this sacred dance which expresses love and humbleness. The beautiful movements tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and much more.
Chants give life to Hula. Chants possess great Mana (spiritual energy) through the power of words.

Ke Ao Nani 
(The Beautiful World) 

I luna la i luna
Na manu o ka lewa

I lalo la i lalo
Na pua o ka honua

I uka la i uka
Na ulu la`au

I kai la i kai
Na i`a o ka moana

Ha`ina mai ka puana
A he nani ke ao nei

He inoa no kamali`i
______

Up above, above
Birds of the heavens

Below, below
Flowers of the earth

In the mountains, mountains
The forests

In the sea, the sea
Fishes of the ocean

Tell the refrain
Of the beautiful world

In the name of children

(Nona Beamer Collection)

Dancers often accompany themselves using a variety of traditional Hawaiian instruments which add the thrill of percussive sound to the Hula.
Vibrant colored feather gourds, called Ulu'uli, enhance the excitement of the dance.

Uli'uli

Together, the chant, the dance, and the instruments contain a magic that fills both, 
dancers and audience, with the spirit of Aloha.

The spiritual power of this beautiful dance inspired the creation of Uli'uli.
Hula dancers follow strict traditions when gathering the plants and materials for their costumes and instruments. Uliuli’s costume and accessories follow these traditions as closely as possible. A lot of love and energy went into her creation.

Eventually Uli'uli became alive with the magic of Hula.

Uli'uli 
(Feather Gourd)

Birth Date: ʻApelila 2, 2018 (04/02/18)


Aloha Mai
I come with love.


Uli'uli’s Hula honors the miracle of creation.
Join her in her celebration of life’s joys and abundance.


Uli'uli dances the ancient Hawaiian Kahiko Hula in unity and harmony with the Mana (spiritual energy) of the 'Aina (land).
The beautiful movements of her hands and body tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and the Menehune Ohana (family). Uli'uli’s traditional feather gourds add sound and excitement to her dance. 
Together, the chant, the dance, and feather gourds contain a magic that fills both, 
the dancer and the audience, with the spirit of Aloha. 

Uli'uli's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful movements of the Kahiko Hula.
Uli'uli is named after the Hawaiian Uli'uli (feather gourd). Tutu and Uli'uli made the feather gourds out of wood, raffia and bright red and yellow feathers. Tutu blessed them with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. The gourds are sacred now. They were created for Uli'uli and only she is allowed to touch them.
Tutu also hand crafted the traditional Hula skirt for her Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter). She sewed a green top and matching pants.
She wove a green and red feather Haku (head lei), wrist and ankle leis for Uli'uli. In Hawaii the Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Last Tutu wrapped a white conch shell necklace around Uli'uli's neck and adorned her hair with a fragrant yellow Plumeria flower.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Wahine.

Uli'uli 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 were individually hand crafted.

Uli'uli is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.
Uli'uli 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. 

Uli'uli's Hula teaches about all that is sacred. 
She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart. 








Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lights of Eternity

Lights of Eternity

Ka'u, the southernmost district on the Big island, with its untouched wilderness and
over 80 miles of undeveloped coastline reflects the unique raw beauty of old Hawaii.

Lights of Eternity was inspired by the Ka'u coastline at night.

Limited Edition 50
Fine art print on quality paper
Image Size 12 by 16 inches
Unframed
Artist: Alan J. Moores

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hawaiian Nativity Scene

One of a Kind Hawaiian Ocean Theme Nativity Scene

Ho'ano Ohana - The Holy Family
Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu and Pua'a

Birth Date: Kekemapa 24, 2017 (12-24-17)

Standing in a precious coconut crèche Malia (Virgin Mary) lovingly watches over her baby Iesu (Jesus), who is contently nestled in his nut cradle.
Iokepa’s (Joseph’s) sacred Hoku Kai Pahu (sea star staff) symbolizes the shining heart of love and announces the birth of Iesu, the greatest of all blessings. Iesu, Malia, Iokepa and the coconut crèche are wearing a halo of the Hawaiian Hulu (feather) and red flower lei, which is believed to link to the divine. 2 Tiki torches spread their light and warmth throughout the coconut crèche.
Pua'a, the pig, Honu, the turtle and Pueo, the owl have gathered to adore the sweet baby.

In the Aloha spirit of Hawaii, the dolls, animals, coconut cradle and accessories were intricately handcrafted with the greatest love and respect for this sacred event.

Malia and Iokepa are about 3” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. Iesu is about 3/4" tall. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto their faces. Malia, Iokepa and Iesu have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.

Pueo, Honu and Pua'a are partially crocheted and sewn out of faux fur.
The coconut for the crèche was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom pine wood base.

All dolls, animals and accessories are pinned and or glued to the coconut crèche.

All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu and Pua'a are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.

Treat yourself to this Holy Ohana and 
bring the Aloha spirit of the Islands to your home!


Welcome to the enchanting world of Hawaiian Art Dolls!

Hawaiian Art Dolls are one of a kind 3"-10" collectible dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Hawaiian Art Dolls are dolls with a soul carrying the spiritual power of Hawaii.
The bodies are made out of stretch cotton, stuffed with high quality poly fill and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.
Hawaiian Art Dolls are unique dolls for display rather than a child’s toy.
Each doll has a story to tell and conveys a personal, inspiring message for guidance and protection. Their detailed personalities and accessories reflect the wisdom of Hawaiian culture and spirituality.
All dolls come with a certificate of authenticity.
Hawaiian Art Dolls are Guardian Angels and Good Luck Charms.
They are enchanting, loveable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, their unconditional Aloha (love) will guide, protect and inspire you on your life’s journey. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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 Puna (Coral), the Healer.


Puna (Coral), the Healer

Birthdate: Kepakemapa 1, 2016 (09-01-16)

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

Puna's gift to you is his precious red bamboo coral staff. Red coral is the stone of passion and healing. Puna reflects the coral's great magical and medicinal Mana (spiritual energy).

Puna is a Ho'ola (healer). Walking along the shores of the magnificent Punalu’u Black Sands Beach, he searches for the gorgeous corals, he is named after. When the signs are right and the spirits permit, he gathers the corals. Chanting a Pule (prayer) to give thanks for the gift, Puna cleans the corals in the ocean water and merges with their Mana.

As soon as he enters his Ohana’s (family’s) village, all the Menehunes gather around him. “Aloha e Puna!” they greet him respectfully. Puna is the Menehune’s Ho'ola. 

Being around Puna’s corals and healing Mana leaves the Menehunes with a feeling of 
well being, deep inner peace and happiness.

Puna's Tutu (grandmother) sewed his blue lava lava (wraparound). She hand drew a red coral and limu (sea grass) design on the front of the lava lava to enhance Puna's magical coral Mana. All these things were Tutu's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).


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

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

Puna brings you the healing Mana of the Hawaiian Coral.





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Surfing Hawaii



Iniki and Lilo, the Surfers
(Strong Wind and Devotion)
Birth Date: Pepeluali 4, 2018 (02-04-18)

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

Iniki and Lilo are blond and blue eyed Menehune Mahoes (twins) and inseparable. Their best friend and greatest teacher is the ocean. Iniki is a He’e Nalu (surfer boy) and Lilo is a Wahine He’e Nalu (surfer girl).

Holding hands they run down to Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. When the surf is up, they surrender to the great power of the waves. Their hearts dance with Hopupu (excitement) as they eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves.

Iniki and Lilo love the Pacific Ocean and the surf has been their greatest teacher, evoking deep respect and humbleness within them. They know that every wave presents a challenge of going with its flow. Iniki and Lilo watch the waves, feel them inside, and connect to their Mana (spiritual energy).

Like the wind, they fly along the sea on their Olos (surfboards), riding the waves with focus and balance, Iniki and Lilo find the perfect attitude between tension and flexibility and ride the great wave home. It is the very best feeling in the world.

Surfing is magical; it has become their way of life!

Iniki is named after the strong winds of the Pacific Ocean.


Lilo's name means devotion and she is devoted to the ocean.

He'e Wahine I Ka Lani!
Lilo 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.

The Honu (sea turtle) is Lilo's Aumakua (Guardian Spirit). Lilo is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of the Turtle. The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.

Iniki's Aumakua is Moholani, the divine Mo'o (gecko). It is a great honor in Hawaii to have the ancient Moholani as your Aumakua. Moholani evokes good luck, strength, and protection. In honor of his Aumakua, Iniki wears a necklace with a silver gecko pendant around his neck.
Iniki and Lilo always feel safe when they surf because they know that their Aumakuas are watching over them.

Iniki, Lilo and their Kuku (grandfather) made the Olos (surfboards) together. First they chose the right Hawaiian Wiliwili tree for the boards. Before cutting the tree, they faced towards the sea and said a prayer of thanks for the wood they would use. They honored the spirit of the tree by burying a fish beneath it. Last Iniki, Lilo and Kuku painted a design of the divine Mo'o on Iniki's Olo and 4 Honus on Lilo's Olo. The wooden Olos are Lilo’s and Iniki's most treasured possession. They always carry them with them, even when they go to sleep.

Iniki’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed Kimo's green Lava blue and green surfer shorts and crocheted green shoes. Last Tutu draped the Mo'o pendant around his neck.

Tutu sewed Lilo's blue and green bikini with matching green shoes. Last Tutu lovingly put a fragrant Plumeria flower in Lilo's hair.

All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo'opunas (grandchildren).

Iniki and Lilo are about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. Their bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto their faces. Iniki and Lilo have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Iniki and Lilo are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.


Lilo and Iniki are ready to be your new friends and surf their way into your heart.

Lilo and Iniki reflect the Mana of the Hawaiian Winds and Waters, 
the Honu and the divine Mo'o.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lili’uokalani, the Queen

Lili’uokalani 
Birthdate: Ianuali 26, 2018 (01/26/18)

Lili’uokalani's music illuminates life with joy and happiness.


Lili is named after Lili’uokalani, Hawaii’s last and only queen. Her name means “Lili of the Heaven”. Lili sits happily in her driftwood chair at the beach playing her Ukulele and singing some of her favorite Hawaiian songs.
Nai'a (dolphin,) her Aumakua (guardian spirit), is curled around her perfecting the Mana (spiritual energy) of peace and happiness.
The delightful sound of Lili's Ukulele echoes across the Aina (land) accompanying her songs about the Menehune Ohana (family), Hawaiian animals, the forest, the ocean, and the stars in the Universe.

Lili reminds us that there is always more than enough time to fulfill all desires.

Her cheerful Mana brightens up the day with love and laughter.

Lili’s Tutu (grandmother Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha into Lili's yellow and green wrist and hat flower leis. Tutu sewed a green top with matching pants and wove a grass skirt for Lili. She crocheted little yellow shoes. Last Tutu adorned Lili's hair with a beautiful white Plumeria flower. 
The Ukulele was Kuku’s (grandfather’s) gift of lasting love and Aloha to his beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter). It is Lili's most cherished possession.

Lili is about 4” tall, fitting in the palm of your hand. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Lili has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

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




















Friday, January 19, 2018

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
Birthdate: Ianuali 18, 2018 (01-18-18)

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 sacred Ti 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 abundant black hair cascades down her back like the lava flow on the mountain slope.
Pele and her brother Pu worship the Akuas (spirits) of the sacred Ohia Forest.

Pele’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pele's flower Haku (head lei). Tutu also sewed Pele’s volcano dress which reflects the lava flow down the mountain slope.


Pele 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.
Pele is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.

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

Pele blesses you with her flame of Kilauea Volcano.

Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's (6 years and older) 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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