Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Japanese Kimono Dolls, Blessings of Good Luck


Welcome to the magical world of Miniature Japanese Kimono Dolls!

Japanese Kimono Dolls inspire blessings of good luck, friendship, happiness and health.
They will dance their way into your heart and embrace you with sunshine and happiness.
All my dolls are one of a kind 4”miniature collectible dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for the enchanting diversity of the world we live in.
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.
Each doll conveys a personal, inspiring message. Their detailed personalities, miniature Kimonos and traditional accessories reflect the wisdom of Japanese culture and spirituality.

美咲 
Misaki (Beautiful Blossom)

I pray for your happiness.
私はあなたの幸せのために祈ります。


さち 
Sachi (Bliss)

Let’s always be friends!
'Sは常に友達になるしましょう​​!


Each doll is an original design and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Japanese Kimono Dolls are made to be handled with love and care. They are not suitable as a child's toy.
Japanese Kimono Dolls are enchanting, loveable little creatures. If you adopt them, love them and take care of them, their unconditional love will guide, protect and inspire you on your life’s journey. 

Japanese Kimono Dolls are a wonderful gift to people close to you or to yourself at any time of the year.




Saturday, September 10, 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 Coral inspired the creation of Menehune Boy Puna (Coral).


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 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.



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Magical Fairy Tales

                              Pu, the Menehune Mo'olelo (Story Teller)

Fairy tales have a wonderful secretive power. They draw magic into our lives and inspire us with a sense of wonder. Enchantment, magical spells, dwarfs, giants, witches and always the triumph of good over evil have fascinated humanity for centuries.
As a little girl in Germany my childhood was filled with fairy tales and magic. Every night my grandmother or my mother would read a fairy tale to me. I loved to hear them over and over again.
My grandmother’s Brother Grimm's fairy tale book is still one of my most cherished possessions. Opening the precious book with the wonderful pictures is like stepping into a world of magic. 
Fairy tales shaped my life, teaching me to dream, believe and love.

At an early age I learned that all things magical require faith.

Fairy tales have been passed down from mother to daughter, father to son, for hundreds of years. Our ancestors talk to us through fairy tales, reawakening memories that go beyond childhood into past lifes reminding us of the trans-formative power of stories.

My love of fairy tales inspired the creation of Pu and Honu.

Pu and Honu
Conch Shell and Turtle

Birth Date: Kepakemapa 4, 2016 (09/04/16)

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.

Honu is listening too. She is Pu’s Aumakua (guardian spirit) and has become his faithful companion. Pu is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of Honu. In Hawaii the Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.
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 red cotton and crocheted a green hat, underwear and matching shoes. She hand painted 3 green honus on the lava lava and wrapped a Honu amulet around Pu's neck to invoke divine blessings. Last she put a white Plumeria Flower on little Honu who loves its beauty and sweet fragrance.


 Pu 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. Pu has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. Honu is about 1" long. The body is made out of faux fur and wired for flexibility. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Pu and Honu convey the magical power of words.





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lomi'ili'ili, the Hawaiian Dancing Healing Stones

Malama Ola 


Honor your Health 


As the soothing touch of ‘ili’ili caresses the skin, Mana (spiritual energy) starts flowing through the body restoring balance and harmony. 


In ancient times Kahunas (magicians) would travel Hawaii’s black sand beaches searching for the small lava stones called ‘Ili’ili. With spiritual guidance they accepted the gift of ‘Ili’ili if the signs were right. Before the healing began, they performed a ritual, cleaning the stones with fire and charging them with their Mana. Thus ‘Ili’ili became powerful healing tools.

In old Hawaii the loss of Pono was believed to be the cause of all illnesses. Kahunas used the therapeutic energy of ‘Ili’ili to call the spirits of the body, draw out the pain, and guide their patients onto the path of healing.

Mele (chant) and Hula were part of the healing process. The sacred ‘Ili’ilis were used as stone castanets which added sound, rhythm, cadence, and visual affects to the hula. Dancing and chanting invoked the ancestors’ blessings for restoring the body’s healing Mana.

Up to this day, Lomi’ili’ili is a massage where the hot lava stones are used as an extension of the hands to restore Pono (harmony) in mind, body and soul. It has become one of the most requested massage treatments in the world.

Lomi’ili’ili is healing beyond the body leading into spiritual transformation. 


‘Ili’ili was created in honor of the sacred Hawaiian dancing healing stones.


Birth Date: Kepakemapa 1, 2016 (09/01/16)

Allow ‘Ili’ili to be your healing guide. She will help you to restore Pono (harmony) in mind, body and soul.

Walking along beautiful Punalu’u Black Sands Beach, little ‘Ili’ili busily searches for the perfect small, black lava pebbles she is named after. When the signs are right and the spirits permit, she gathers the ‘ili’ilis into her sacred Pupu (shell). Chanting a Pule (prayer) to give thanks for the gift, ‘Ili’ili cleans the stones with fire and charges them with her Mana (spiritual energy).
As soon as ‘Ili’ili enters her Ohana’s (family’s) village, all the Menehunes gather around her. “Aloha e ‘Ili’ili!” they greet her respectfully. ‘Ili’ili is the Menehune’s healing dancer. They cherish her special Lomi’ili’ili massages. She always places and moves the sacred hot lava pebbles on just the right places of their bodies to draw out the pain. She also chants to invoke the blessings of the spirits and dances the wonderful Hula ‘ili’ili, using her lava rocks as stone castanets.

Being around ‘Ili’ili’s healing Mana leaves the Menehunes with a feeling of deep inner peace and happiness.

‘Ili’ili’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana and Aloha (love) into her purple feather and sea grass Haku (head lei).Tutu sewed ‘Ili’ili’s’s purple dress and crocheted the matching panties and shoes. Last Tutu adorned ‘Ili’ili’s beautiful blond hair with a sweet smelling Plumeria flower. All these things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


'Ili’ili 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. ‘Ili’ili has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

‘Ili’ili brings you the healing Mana of Hawaii.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kiwi, the Little Hawaiian Witch

Creating a miniature Menehune witch combining colors, dress codes and accessories pertaining to Hawaii challenged my imagination. 
But here she is: 

Birth Date: 'Aukake 7, 2016 (08-07-16)
 
Kiwi’s magical Mana (spiritual energy) casts blessings of love and joy.

Kiwi zooms on her broom over the Menehune's village, casting blessings and magical spells of Aloha (love) upon everyone she meets. Kiwi’s happiness is contagious and in no time all everybody wears big smiles on their faces.

Kiwi is a little Kahuna (magician) of joy!

Kiwi's Aumakua (Guardian Spirit) is the Hawaiian Peʻape'a (bat). Pe'a's messages come to Kiwi in visions and dreams. Kiwi always follows Pe'ape'a’s guidance and advise knowing that it will keep her and her Menehune Ohana (family) save from all harm and lead them to happiness and good fortune. Kiwi knows that Pe'ape'a carries the Mana of supernatural powers.


Kiwi’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed her skirt, top and hat out of silky black material. She decorated the hat with a purple feather lei. Tutu crocheted purple panties and matching pointy witch’s shoes. She decorated Kiwi's top and the tips of the shoes with purple crystals. Tutu drew a purple Pe'ape'a on the front of Kiwi's skirt to invoke the protection of her Aumakua. The color purple symbolizes magic and matches Kiwi's mystical spirit.
Tutu put an orange Plumeria flower behind Kiwi's ear. It looks just perfect in her beautiful orange hair. Last Tutu gave Kiwi her magical flying witch broom.
All these things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


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

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

Kiwi brings you the magical spirit of Hawaii.






Saturday, July 30, 2016

Water is life, life is water!

Akaka Falls

He ola ka wai, he wai ke ola!
Water is life, life is water!

Akaka Falls cascades 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge feeding the lush forest. It is a Wailele (waterfall) symbolic in myth and legend. 
The main Hawaiian God, Kane, the creator, is the keeper of the precious Wai (water). He is the giver of life to the earth and all who dwell there.

"He Wai a Kane

Aia e-hea ka Wai a Kane?
Aia i-lalo, i ka honua, i ka wai hu,
i ka wai kau a Kane me Kanaloa
He wai-puna, he wai e inu,
He wai e mana, he wai e ola.
E ola no e-a!

The Water of Kane

Where flows the water of Kane?
Deep in the ground, in the gushing spring,
In the ducts of Kane and Kanaloa,
A well-spring of water, to drink,
A water of magic power, The water of life!
Life! O give us this life!"

(Unwritten Literature of Hawaii, by Nathaniel B. Emerson, 1909)

People of old deeply appreciated and honored life giving Wai, the very element that sustains all life. The purity and vibrancy of the water determined the health of the island and the people. Strict Kapu (taboo) was used to maintain the clarity of the water of life.


Hawaiians honored the Akua (gods) who guard the Wai 
to preserve its Ma'ema'e (purity).


Hawaiian legend tells the story of Akaka Falls, where a handsome young warrior chief named Akaka lived with his wife in the little village of Honomu. 
But Akaka also was in love with two beautiful goddesses, Maile and Lehua, who he would secretly meet in the forest when his wife was away.
When his wife found out about the affairs, Akaka was deeply ashamed and ran into the forest. He was so saddened that he lost his footing, fell of a steep cliff and turned into a huge waterfall.
His lovers, Maile and Lehua, were heartbroken. They cried so hard that they turned into the two smaller falls on each side of Akaka Falls. According to legend, a smaller flow downstream called Kahuna represents Akaka's faithful wife, still by his side.
If you listen closely on still and moonless nights, you can hear his wife, muffled by the roar of the falls, still calling for Akaka.
Tradition says that if you strike the large rock at the top of the waterfall with a Lehua twig or wrap a Maile lei around it, rain will fall, because Lehua and Maile always made Akaka's wife weep.

The indigenous Hawaiian Ohia Tree also is vital of Hawaii's natural ecosystem and water supply.

The Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. 

Its beautiful red flowers are called Lehua, which means "Flower sacred to the Gods" in the Hawaiian language. The red Lehua flower is the official flower of the Big Island of Hawaii. Native Hawaiians used to make a medicinal potion out of the Ohia Tree’s bark and leaves. It was meant to spark a strong, passionate, inward fire to grow, bloom, and rejoice in life. The Ohia Lehua Tree is said to grant visions of the future, offering inspirations to manifest personal transformation. It signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning.
The Ohia Lehua Tree has been sacred to the Hawaiian people since ancient times and is often mentioned in legends, hula, songs, and chants.
The Lehua is also known as Pele’s Flower. In Hawaiian mythology, Ohia and Lehua were two lovers. The Volcano Goddess Pele desired Ohia. But Ohia only had eyes for Lehua. His rejection made Pele so furious that she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by losing her lover. Out of pity, the gods turned her into a flower which they placed on Ohia's tree. Hawaiians believe that it rains when a Lehua flower is picked from the Ohia tree, signifying the tears of these eternal lovers.

The Ohia Lehua Tree is a powerful symbol of all that is Hawaii.

Vital to Hawaii's natural ecosystem, the Ohia Tree provides an essential food source for native birds and bugs. The bark of the Ohia tree captures the mist of the forest and lets it slowly seep into the ground, which replenishes the Island's water supply.
The Ohia tree is Hawaii's iconic tree that is most responsible for replenishing the Island's water sources. Now it is being attacked by a fungus disease and seriously endangered. 
At one time, Hawaiians bathed, swam and drank from the abundance of clean, clear water on the Islands, Today these same waters are often tainted with disease and pollution.

We all can contribute to prevent further contamination 
with attention, awareness and Aloha!

Take on the challenge to protect the Island's precious water sources 
by avoiding pollution and waste!




Menehune dolls Akaka and Lehua were created in honor of Hawaii's precious water sources and Ohia forests.


Akaka and Lehua
Birth Date: Lulai 31, 2016 (07/31/16)

He ola ka wai, he wai ke ola!
Water is life, life is water!

Akaka and Lehua bless you with life giving water and the magic of the Lehua flower.

"Akaka, look at the beautiful Lehua flowers all around us!" Lehua calls out to her brother. Lehua is named after the magical flower of the sacred Hawaiian Ohia Tree. Lehua means 'Flower of the Gods'. Honoring the Mana (spiritual energy) of the forest, Lehua humbly asks permission from the Akuas (gods), before she starts gathering some of the flowers. She will pick just enough to make a special Ohia Lehua lei for her beloved Tutu (grandmother). Akaka helps his sister for a while and when they both become thirsty, he walks down to the pond below the Wailele (waterfall) to fill up his gourd with the pure, clear water.
Akaka and Lehua honor Hawaii's life giving Kumu Wais (water sources), which are continuously replenished through the moisture in the bark of the Ohia Tree.
Everybody in the Ohana (family) contributes to maintain the purity and vibrancy of the Kumu Wais and the Ohia Trees.


Tutu sewed Lehua's mountain green dress and Akaka's matching lava lava (wraparound). She drew Lehua flowers on the bottom of Lehua's dress and crocheted green panties and matching little shoes. Last Tutu created a special Ohia Lehua hairpiece for beautiful little Lehua.
Akaka is named after the famous 400 feet waterfall on the Big Island. Tutu drew a waterfall design and 2 Lehua flowers on his lava lava. She wove a special white feather lei for Akaka which symbolizes the sacred Wailele.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful of the Ipus for Akaka's Ipu Wai (water gourd). She cleaned, polished and decorated with the drawing of a Lehua flower. Tutu blessed the Ipu Wai with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. The water gourd is sacred now. It was created for Akaka and only he is allowed to touch it. The Ipu Wai became Akaka’s most treasured possession.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas.


Akaka and Lehua are about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Akaka and Lekua have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Akaka and Lehua inspire us to protect our precious water sources and forests 
with attention, awareness and Aloha.







Friday, July 22, 2016

Aniani, Reflections from the Heart

Birth Date: Lulai 21, 2016 (07-21-16)

Aniani ho'onui 'ike
Reflections enlarge visions

Aniani's reflections from the heart enable true visions.

Aniani plays happily at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach with her brother Kanaloa.


Every once in a while she gazes into her little hand mirror and reflects on all the beauty around her. She observes and listens without judgment from the eye of her heart. Aniani has a gift of resolving any turmoil among her Ohana (family). She simply seeks the reflections of Aka, the essence of life and light. Soon Aniani is blessed with a true vision to the solution, which will restore peace and happiness for all.


Aniani's Tutu (grandmother) lovingly crafted her hand mirror out of mirror glass, bamboo, fabric and crystals. Tutu blessed the mirror with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. It is sacred now. The mirror was created for Aniani's visions and only she is allowed to touch it.
Tutu sewed a beautiful ocean blue dress with a moon and star design. She crocheted blue panties and blue little shoes.


Last Tutu created a special Plumeria hairpiece for beautiful little Aniani. All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


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

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

Aniani reflects the essence of life and light.