Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess and her Po'ikis


Recently one of my customers asked me if I could make a male partner for Alohi, an Aloha Doll Ornament she had previously purchased from me.
I created Koko (Hawaiian Blood) and put him next to the new Pele doll, which I had also just completed. Instantly I thought: "This is too precious! They cannot be separated!"
So I made another little male doll, identical to Koko but with a different facial expression. I named him Piko (Crown) and put him next to Pele and Koko, and had the same thought again: " This is too precious! They cannot be separated!"

That is how Koko and Piko became Pele's Po'ikis (little brothers).


The creation of Pele and her Po'ikis was a delightfully intuitive experience.


Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
and her Po'ikis (Little Brothers)
Koko and Piko

Birth Date: Lulai 24, 2015 (07/24/15)

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


Pele's and her Po'iki's presence inspires us to awake, move forward and persevere, to live in faith with intention, determination and courage.

With boundless energy Koko (Hawaiian Blood) and Piko (Crown) race down the hill as fast as they can go. All the while laughing, playing, chanting and drumming their Ipus (gourds), the Po'ikis (little brothers) can't wait to announce the arrival of their big sister Pele to the Menehune Ohana (family).
Excited by all the commotion, the Menehunes hurry to welcome and embrace their beloved little Ma Hoes (twins). Koko and Piko are just delightful. They chatter happily about Pele's coming and all the magnificent stories she will tell.

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 with her abundant black hair cascading down her back like the lava flow on the mountain slope.
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.
As a gift and blessing Pele offers you a flame of Kilauea Volcano in a black lava bowl. 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.

Koko means 'blood' in Hawaii 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 Hawaii the essence of the center of knowledge and wisdom are Pikos (crowns or summits). Piko is named after the crown piko which is soft when we are born and connects us with Aumakua (ancestral spirits). 

Pele’s, Koko's and Piko's Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pele's red feather Haku (head lei) and wrist leis and the green feather Hakus and ankle leis for the twins. In Hawaii the Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful of the Ipus for Koko and Piko. She cleaned, polished and decorated them with crystals. They became the boy's most treasured possession.
Koko's and Piko's Aumakua (Guardian Spirit) is the Honu (Turtle). The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.  Tutu lovingly draped 2 sacred Honu amulets around the twin's necks.
All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opunas (grandchildren).


Pele is about 4” tall.

Koko and Piko are about 3" tall fitting in the palm of your hand. 


The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Pele, Koko and Piko have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

There is nothing Koko and Piko enjoy more than spending time with their big Tita (sister). Pele adores her Po'ikis. Laughing and playing together, she holds Koko's hand as the three of them walk companionably through the sacred Ohia Forest. They chant to the divine beat of the Ipus to honor the Akuas (spirits) of the forest.

Pele, Piko and Koko are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Pele, Koko and Piko bless you with the Aloha Spirit.




Friday, July 17, 2015

Hina, Hawaiian Goddess of the Moon


Mahina o hoku
Hoʻike aʻe ʻoe
A i kou nani

Full moon of the night
Reveal your
Beauty

Hina, Goddess of the moon and of healing, was said to have climbed a rainbow from the ocean depths to the moon.
Hina wanted to be free from the demands of others and escape her endless everyday chores, in order to find her sacred place and express her creativity.

In the Hawaiian creation chant ,Kumulipo, she is called Hina'opuhalako'a, "Hina from whose womb came various forms". She is the Goddess of conception, menstruation, and nurturing.
While planting, Hawaiians chant to Hina to invoke her blessings.
Goddess of coral and sea creatures, Hawaiian fishermen relate to Hina by watching the rising and setting of the stars for the right timing of fishing.

Hina's creativity is illuminated through her connection with the cycles of life. She cradles a cosmic Ipu (gourd) containing the seeds of the heavens, from which the moon, stars, and creativity are sown.

If you look closely you can still see Hina's image in the full moon, beating the tapa.


Honoring Hina channels new growth.
Let go of the demands of everyday life and take a retreat of stillness. 
Connect with the earth and the moon, express intuition and creativity.
Join Hina in planting the seeds of heaven to grow dreams and communicate visions to the Mana of the Universe.
Reap what you sow and celebrate your crop!
 Hina inspires us to feel, play, dance, be.

Little Menehune girl, Hina, was created in honor of Hawaii's Moon Goddess.
Hina, Hawaiian Goddess of the Moon

Birthdate: Lulai 12, 2015 (07/12/15)


 Hina bestows blessings of new growth, intuition and creativity.

The sacred drumming of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the 'Aina (land) as Hina chants to the Akuas (spirits) of the moon:

Mahina o hoku
Hoʻike aʻe ʻoe
A i kou nani

Full moon of the night
Reveal your
Beauty

 Because of her devotion to the moon Mana (spiritual energy), Hina was named after the Hawaiian Goddess of the Moon.
Standing in her moon chair, Hina blesses her Menehune Ohana (family) with new growth, intuition and creativity by generously sprinkling the seeds of heaven from her cosmic Ipu upon them.
The Menehunes watch in awe as the heavenly seeds attune them to spirit and gladden their heart.

Join Hina in planting the seeds of heaven to grow dreams and communicate visions to the Mana of the Universe.
Reap what you sow and celebrate your crop!


Hina’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the Maile Haku (head lei). Maile is the lei of eternal love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Tutu also sewed Hina’s blue moon dress. She crocheted white panties and matching shoes. She adorned the shoes and top of the dress with star crystals and crafted 2 crystal bracelets. The crystals symbolize magic.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful of the Ipus for Hina. She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a star crystal. It became Hina’s most treasured possession.
All these precious things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


Hina 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. She has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button
The coconut for Hina’s chair was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

 At night, Hina dwells in her moon chair. Feeling like a sparkling diamond shining among the stars, Hina gets lost in the majestic beauty of the moon.

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

Hina inspires us to feel, play, dance, be.



Monday, July 6, 2015

Haumea, the Great Hawaiian Earth Goddess

“O Haumea nui aiwaiwa.” 
Great Haumea was mysterious. 

Haumea is regarded as the mother of the Hawaiian people. She is said to be the first who walked the sacred Hawaiian Islands giving birth to many children, including Pele, the famous Hawaiian Volcano Goddess.
Haumea is the Hawaiian Earth Goddess of fertility and birth. She is a calm, gentle, loving, and nurturing Goddess. She enhances our awareness that humans originated from the earth and are inseparably connected to her. Haumea is the bringer of fruition and sustenance. She provides unlimited abundance.

“He lau kinoo ia wahine o Haumea” 
This woman Haumea had many forms. 

Haumea was believed to have the power to change her form and her appearance from a young woman to an old woman. In Hawaiian chants she is called “Haumea of mysterious forms, of eightfold form, of four hundred thousand forms”.

The 'Ulu (breadfruit tree) was sacred to Haumea. She would embody herself at will into an 'Ulu tree which provided a never ending abundance of breadfruit for the Hawaiian people.


“Komo I ka ‘ulu, he ‘ulu ia.” 
Entering a growing tree, she became a breadfruit tree. 

As the Goddess of birth and fertility, Haumea became the Hawaiian people’s divine midwife. She would appear at birth to offer comfort and natural home remedies, ensuring an easy painless labor for the mother.

One of the Hawaiian legends tells the story of Muleiula who is having a difficult birth.
As the women prepare for a caesarian, Haumea appears and says:” In our land babies are born naturally. Give the mother the Kani ka wi blossom of the Ka lau o ke kahuli tree.” After the girl ate some of the blossom her child was born easily and naturally.

Mother Earth provides insights, strength, clarity and wisdom. In our connection with her we find an unlimited source of support and nourishment. Haumea inspires us to restore our connection to Mother Earth, to honor her and be forever grateful for life's unlimited sustenance and abundance. 


Ola Ka 'Aina.
The land lives.

Menehune girl Haumea was created in the spirit of the great Hawaiian Earth Goddess.

Haumea, Hawaiian Earth Goddess
Birthdate: Lulai 4, 2015 (07/04/15)

Allow the gentle pull of Haumea's Mana to guide you to your place of power!

Like the Hawaiian Earth Goddess she is named after, Haumea is blessed with a loving, nurturing, gentle heart. With her unconditional Aloha spirit she nurtures and helps all who are in need.
Haumea is resting under her sacred ‘Ulu (breadfruit) Tree, which provides a never ending abundance of nourishments, strength and endurance.
In the morning Haumea calls her Menehune Ohana (family) to breakfast. After picking a big breadfruit from the tree she cuts it into thin slices which she fries like pancakes. It tastes so good! The Menehunes are having a feast.

Haumea’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the green feather Haku (head lei) and wrist leis. In Hawaii the Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Tutu also sewed Haumea’s yellow drewss. She crocheted yellow panties and matching shoes. She adorned the shoes and top of the dress with yellow crystals. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


Haumea 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. She has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button
The ‘Ulu (breadfruit) Tree is handcrafted out of coconut shell, artificial leaves and clay.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Haumea loves to dwell in the cool shade of her ‘Ulu Tree rejoicing in the abundance of Mother Earth.

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

Haumea inspires us to honor Mother Earth.





Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Alohi, a Huggable Hawaiian Menehune Doll


Huggable Hawaiian Menehune Dolls bring their magic 
into your and your children's life.

Alohi (Love) is a Menehune Hula dancer. She wears a grass skirt, a pink bikini with Plumeria flowers and feather leis around her head, wrists and ankles. Her beautiful black hair and skirt are adorned with pink flowers.
Alohi carries the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart. 

Huggable Menehunes are 10” tall cloth dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.



Monday, June 15, 2015

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
Birthdate: Lune 15, 2015 (06/15/15)


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 Fern Haku (head lei) and waist lei. Hawaiian tree ferns represent spiritual strength, unity and love.
Tutu also sewed Pele’s red flame skirt and top. She crocheted black panties and matching shoes. She adorned the shoes and top with black crystals.
All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).



Pele 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.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Koa, Hawaiian King of Trees


Brave, bold, fearless warrior is the meaning of Koa, the wood of kings in ancient Hawaii. 

Highly valued for its strength, beauty and medicinal qualities, it could only be owned by the Ali’i (royalty).
Natives used the magnificent wood to craft sculpted images of gods, build canoes, surfboards, paddles, and spears. The Koa tree is the monarch of the Hawaiian forest and can reach between 80-100 feet in height with a diameter of more than 5 feet. Several canoes could be carved from just one of these massive trees. Hawaiians believed that the brave, warrior-like Mana (spiritual energy) of Koa would be reflected in their canoes and sailors. The Koa voyaging canoes became the Polynesian fleet, which navigated the Pacific a thousand years before Columbus discovered the new world.

Today the enchanted wood of the Koa tree is still highly valued because of its wonderful colors and spectacular grain. It is used to build very expensive furniture, picture frames and many crafts as well as musical instruments. 


Koa has been a sacred wood for centuries, representing integrity, strength, beauty and protection. 

Acacia Koa is the largest endemic tree in Hawaii. It does not exist anywhere else in the world. The Hawaiian Koa forest established itself about one million years before the arrival of man.
Gaining as much as an inch in diameter per year, Koa is the one of the fastest growing trees in Hawaii. Unfortunately, because of logging, clearing highland forests for cattle farming and lack of reforestation, Koa has been depleted and is considered endangered.
The life of many birds and insects as well as a large variety of plants depends on the magnificent Koa tree.


Menehune boy Koa and his Pueo were created in honor of Koa, 
the Hawaiian King of Trees. 



Koa (Strength) and Pueo (Owl)

Birth Date: Lune 10, 2015 (06/10/15)

Rejoicing in the splendors of nature, Koa climbs higher and higher up the mountain into the Hawaiian forest. Koa is named after the Hawaiian King of Trees. He embraces the strong, fearless Mana (spiritual energy) of the magnificent Koa tree.

Koa inspires us to welcome life’s challenges with an open heart and grow from the valuable lessons they contain.

Pueo is Koa’s sacred Aumakua (guardian spirit). Pueo appears whenever Koa calls on her. She lands on Koa’s right arm, where he greets her with love and respect.
Koa knows that Pueo carries Mana, supernatural powers. At important times of change, she sends messages to Koa through visions and dreams. Koa always follows Pueo’s guidance, knowing that it will keep him and his Menehune Ohana (family) save from all harm and lead them to happiness and good fortune.
Koa and Pueo walk companionably through the enchanting Koa forest, honoring the trees’ brave, warrior-like Mana (spiritual energy). Together they rejoice in the peace and happiness that surrounds them.


 Koa’s Tutu (grandmother) crafted a special amulet using one of Pueo’s feathers and a green crystal to inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.
Tutu also sewed Koa’s Malu (wraparound) and hat out of red cotton with a maile leaf design and decorated the hat with 2 Maile leaves. Maile is the plant of eternal love. Tutu crocheted matching green underwear and shoes. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).


 Koa 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. Koa has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Pueo is about 1" tall and made out of brown synthetic fur and feathers. The eyes are black crystals. The beak is hand molded out of clay.
Koa’s doll stand is a small piece of custom hand carved, sanded and polished Koa wood. It represents a log.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Koa and Pueo are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.

Koa and Pueo reflect the strong, fearless Mana of the magnificent Hawaiian Koa tree.



Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Fairy from Hawaii



Birth Date: Mei 22, 2015 (05-22-15)


Beautiful little Nani is a Good Luck Fairy. Celebrating the abundance of life, Nani plays happily among the 'Ihi'ihi (Hawaiian clover) in the sacred Ohia Forest. As she gracefully glides through the sky, she gently bats her fairy wings sprinkling fairy dust while she waves her magical 'Ihi'ihi wand to bestow an abundance of good luck to all who are around her.
The 'Ihi'ihi, a significant Hawaiian token of good fortune and prosperity, magnifies Nani's Mana.

Like a magnet, Nani's magical 'Ihi'ihi wand attracts good fortune in all areas of life.

Endowed with a powerful Mana (spiritual energy), Nani is a weaver of magic and dreams. Her presence attracts good luck, abundance and prosperity.

Nani invites you to spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly.
Simply express your most heartfelt desires to her, and trust that your wishes will manifest for the highest good of all concerned.

Nani's Tutu (grandmother) wove her straw hat and sewed her purple skirt and pink top. She crocheted matching purple panties and little shoes. Tutu adorned the top and shoes with purple crystal flowers. The color purple embodies abundance and prosperity. The crystals symbolize magic.
All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Nani 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. She has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All of Nani’s accessories were individually handcrafted.

Nani happily skips and flies through the forest. Today she found a lucky four leaf clovers which she put in her hair. She is enchanted by the beauty of nature and eager to share the blessing of her good luck Mana with her Ohana (family) and friends.
Nani chants softly:

"Mahalo e Na Akua"
(Gratitude and thanks to the Gods)


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

An aura of good luck radiates from Nani to all who are around her.