Chants give life to Hula. Chants possess great Mana (spiritual energy) through the power of words.
dancers and audience, with the spirit of Aloha.
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.
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.
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.