Monday, May 4, 2015

The Mysteries of Ho'oponopono

(Harmony and Blessing)


“E ALOHA 

E aloha kakou 
Ho’omau kakou 
Malama kakou 
Ikaika kakou 

DIVINE LOVE 

We are loving 
We persevere 
We are caring
We are strong”

(Maka'ala Yates)


Many people claim Hawaiian Ho’oponopono is one of the most powerful healing techniques. Is this true? What is it all about?
Ho’oponopono is the Hawaiian way of “making things right”. (ho’o-to make, pono-right)It is a powerful Hawaiian ritual which has been used for many years to manifest healing, love, peace, and harmony within ourselves and our relationships.
According to Hawaiian beliefs, we are connected through our aka (cords of energy, also umbilical cord) to each other and everything around us. The relationship to ourselves, nature, and others is like a net. If any part of it is in disharmony the whole net becomes tangled, resulting in frictions and conflicts.
Through Ho’oponopono we are releasing guilt, resentments, or tensions correlated with past behaviors and restoring the net with balance and harmony.
The ancient Hawaiian ceremony of Ho’oponopono is all about forgiveness and forgiving to clear the path in order to ascend to peace and harmony within ourselves. If we take responsibility, all problems can be solved from within. In Ho’oponopono we are forgiving others and ultimately forgiving ourselves.


The ritual of Ho’oponopono always begins with a Hawaiian pule (prayer) of heartfelt love, humbleness and respect for the Divine within and all around us.


Chanting the Ho’oponopono prayer we are not only making things right within ourselves and the people in our current relationships, we are also asking for forgiveness from our ancestors. The power does not lie in the ritual and/or mediator but in our heartfelt intention and sincere desire to correct the wrong.
Communication between ourselves and the divine is of extraordinary importance in the ritual of Ho’oponopono. Words, spoken with heartfelt love, possess tremendous power to manifest positive changes.

Ho’oponopono is a way of letting go and clearing the path. We can balance and resolve internal conflicts within ourselves, our relationships, or our surroundings through Ho’oponopono.

The end result is true healing and enlightenment. With Ho’oponopono we can erase or change unwanted negative energies and thoughts, replacing them with new thoughts which ultimately will bring about peace, harmony, and love. Through Ho'oponopono, the power of forgiveness manifests miraculous results.

33 years ago, I became a firm believer in the tremendous power of Ho’oponopono and have been using it ever since. Here is how I was introduced to this transformational Hawaiian healing ritual: I left Germany and moved to Hawaii with my 4 year old son when I was 27 years old. My mother was devastated that her only child and grandchild had moved so far away from her. Understandably, she was very angry, sad, and depressed and refused to talk to me on the phone or respond to my letters. I love my mother and was extremely upset, because I did not know how to restore our relationship.

I told one of my neighbors, an older Hawaiian man who later became a dear friend of mine, about my problem. He said:” You must use Ho’oponopono with your mother. It will heal and resolve your conflicts.” He then wrote the Ho’oponopono prayer on a piece of paper for me and told me to keep reading it out loud to myself with lots of love and sincerity. I will never forget when he said, that the spoken words of the Ho’oponopono prayer have tremendous power and radiate energy which will restore peace and harmony. At the time, all this was hard to believe, but I did it anyways with the very intense desire to heal the relationship between my mother and me. After about one week of using Ho’oponopono, I received the first letter from my mother which started the resolution of our relationship problems.
I would like to share my Hawaiian friend’s Ho’oponopono prayer with you, hoping that it might lead you to peace and harmony within yourself and your relationships:

Divine (name that which is sacred to you),
If I (fill in your name), and family and ancestors have at any time offended (fill in their name) their family, relatives and ancestors in words, thoughts and deeds from the beginning of our creation to the presence I humbly ask forgiveness for myself, family and ancestors.
Release us from spiritual, mental, physical, financial, and karmic ties from the beginning of our creation to the presence. If others have offended me I forgive them. Pull out of our memory banks and bio computers all unwanted negative energies and blocks we have created and or accumulated.
Cut all the ties that bind us together. Transmute all unwanted negative energies to pure light that divine order, wisdom, and understanding. Peace of mind and balance be made manifest within and through us.
We give thanks in the name of (name that which is sacred to you) and it is done!


I have practiced Ho’oponopono on a regular basis for years now. The effectiveness and outcomes always amaze me. Using Ho’oponopono with the right intention and attitude, never fails to produce the desired results. I often use it without having any specific problems and just address the prayer to the world which leaves me with a feeling of deep inner peace.

The divine powers of Ho’oponopono inspired my creation of the Magical Hawaiian Menehunes, Pono and Puli (Harmony and Blessing). Pono and Puli are Ho’oponopono mediators who perform a ritual to restore peace and harmony within their Menehune Ohana (family).

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hau'oli La Makuahine! Happy Mother's Day!

Mahalo nui loa
He Makana Nau Aloha Nui Loa

(Thank you very much.
A gift for you with all my love.)


On Mother's Day we celebrate and honor the loving, caring essence of all mothers. It is the time to cherish the special bond of love we share with our mothers. The ritual of giving gifts expresses this gratitude to all mother figures in our lifes, like aunties, sister, grandmothers, not to forget the greatest mothers of all, Mother Earth and Mother Nature.


Mahina (Moonlight), the Guardian Angel was created in the honor of all mothers.

We can always depend on our mother's unconditional love. In addition we were also born in the loving embrace of our guardian angel. Some may call it our inner spirit being whose devotion and infinite wisdom guards, guides and enlightens us on our life’s journey. All we ever need to do is turn within and ask our angel for help or inspiration. There always is a response offering strength and guidance. Maybe the answer doesn't come right away, but there will be that moment of clarity when we just know what we need to do.
Ancient Hawaiians referred to angels as Awaiku, the spiritual nature of human being. The Awaikus came from a place called Kaulike, where everything was in balance. Their home is Lanikeha, the high sky. Hawaiian Kahunas (magicians) called on the Awaiku’s healing powers, their protection and guidance in all life situations.
The essence of angels is unconditional love. They beckon us to enter our sacred inner space to illuminate our lives with the light of consciousness.

The devotion of all mothers and guardian angels inspired the creation of Magical Hawaiian Menehune Angel Lani (Heaven).

Lani (Heaven), the Guardian Angel






Saturday, April 25, 2015

Lani, the Heaven


The sacred sound of the Pu (conch shell) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Lani, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Lani’s heavenly Mana (spiritual energy) radiates the power of unconditional Aloha (love).
Lani is named after her home Lanikeha, the heaven. The heavenly light of Lani’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Lani always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence.
Hearing the divine calling of the Pu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Lani is near. Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her shell candle or a glimpse of her angelic white feather wings passing by to remind them how brightly the Aloha spirit is shining from their own souls. All they have to do is call and Lani appears offering her wisdom and guidance.

Welcome Lani as your guardian angel! She is devoted to protecting and guiding you on your life’s journey.

Lani often rests among the ferns in the serene Hawaiian Ohia forest, worshipping the beautiful world around her. She never tires of rejoicing in the abundant splendor of nature.


Lani wears a white dress with a silvery pink Hawaiian shell in the front, pink crocheted panties and matching shoes adorned with crystals. The pink Pupu (shell) in her hair represents spiritual strength, unity and love.
She is holding an shell with a candle in her hands. The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers.


Lani 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. Lani has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Lani is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She is a collector’s item bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii.

Lani’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates heavenly unconditional Aloha.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Pono, the Hawaiian Lifestyle of Balance and Integrity


Ua mau ke ea o ka`aina i ka pono. 
The life of the land is preserved in righteousness.

The Hawaiian lifestyle of Pono expresses balance and integrity with the Mana (spiritual energy) of life. Pono fully embraces contentment, happiness, optimism and hope. It affirms attitudes of positivity and harmony. Pono is a state of being and a way of living. Hawaiian Pono unites body, mind and spirit in balance and harmony. It reflects on the interconnectedness of people, nature and spirit. Pono teaches to honor the spirit and to assist others in restoring a life of Pono.
Pono is the motto of Hawaii.

Pono means all thoughts, words and deeds are in complete harmony with divine energy, including our guardianship of the earth. Hawaiian people believe that we are the caretakers of the land during our lifetime. The quality of our guardianship of the land determines its condition. We pass our knowledge on to succeeding generations, so that they too can enjoy and take care of the abundant resources that are gifted to us in our lifetime.

Pono is rightness and balance.

Pono means making a conscious decision to do the right thing in every aspect of life. It means having a proper respectful relationship with. Every action in life should reflect Pono.

Imagine the wonderful world we would live in, if we all were Pono spiritual beings, Pono guardians of the earth, Pono family, Pono friends, etc.. Isn't Pono a concept worth striving for?

Reflections on a life of Pono inspired the creation of the Magical Hawaiian Menehunes, Pono and Puli.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ipu, Hawaiian Gourd of Mana



Ipulani 
(Heavenly Gourd)

In ancient Hawaii the Ipu plant was sacred and considered the kino lau (body form) of Lono, the Hawaiian god of agriculture. Ipus were so precious that they were often named after ancestors and handed down from one generation to the next. The Ipu played an important part in sustaining life in old Hawaii: It held the precious dinking water, medicines and food. It accompanied hula dances and chanting during festive and spiritual ceremonies. Up to today, the sacred rhythm of the ipu is heard in Kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hulas.
Two varieties of the ipu were cultivated by ancient Hawaiians: the ipu manalo, or sweet gourd for eating; and the ipu 'awa'awa, or bitter gourd for medicine and containers. Through selective breeding the ipu 'awa'awa was developed into many sizes and shapes. After the harvest the gourds were hollowed, cleaned and polished to a shine. Sometimes they were painted on or decorated with leis in a special, artistic manner. All the symbols had a meaning. The colors and shapes were expressing important messages.

According to Hawaiian culture, that which takes care of you must also be cared for! 

Gourds have always been highly valued in Hawaii. In ancient times special customs and rituals were performed during the planting, cultivation and harvest. Gourds were planted on the night of Hua, when the moon was shaped like an egg. A potbellied man would carry the seed as if it already was a huge gourd. Chanting, he would drop the seed quickly in the hole, keeping his hands straight and steady in order to keep the gourd from twisting and shriveling:

He ipu nui!
O hiki ku mauna,
O hiki kua,
Nui maoli keia ipu! 

A huge ipu!
Growing like a mountain,
To be carried on the back,
Really huge is this gourd!


Ka ipu o ka ike
The gourd of Mana

Several beautiful, large ipus decorate my home. I adorned them with Hawaiian seed and feather leis. Their special Mana (spiritual energy) greets me, every time I walk into my house. They seem to nurture and watch over me, giving me the greatest comfort.
Ipulani, the Menehune Guardian Angel, was created in honor of the precious Hawaiian Ipu.

Ipulani (Heavenly Gourd), the Guardian Angel 

The sacred rhythm of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Ipulani, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Ipulani’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates the power of unconditional Aloha (love). Ipulani is named after the sacred Hawaiian Ipu (gourd), which invokes blessings of the divine.
Her home is Lanikeha, the high sky. The heavenly light of Ipulani’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Ipulani always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence. Hearing the divine drumming of the Ipu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Ipulani is near. Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her Ipu candle or a glimpse of her angelic white feather wings passing by to remind them how brightly the Aloha spirit is shining from their own souls. All they have to do is call and Ipulani appears offering her wisdom and guidance.

Welcome Ipulani as your guardian angel! She is devoted to protecting and guiding you on your life’s journey. 

Ipulani often rests in the serene Hawaiian Ohia forest, worshipping the beautiful world around her. She never tires of rejoicing in the abundant splendor of nature.

Ipulani wears a white dress with a big pink Puakenikeni flower in the front, pink crocheted panties and matching shoes. Her Maile Haku (head lei) with the fragrant, pink Puakenikeni flowers represents spiritual strength, unity and love. 
She is holding an Ipu with a candle in her hands. The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers.


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

Ipulani is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She is a collector’s item bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii.

Ipulani’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates unconditional Aloha. 








Friday, March 6, 2015

Hi'iaka, Cradled in the Arms of Pele

No Hi‘iaka nō he inoa ‘eā
In honor of Hi‘iaka

Hi’iaka is Hawaii's patron Goddess. She possesses the power to heal and the truth of vision. Hi'iaka is worshipped for her Hula and many dances have been dedicated just to her. She also is the favorite youngest sister of Pele, Hawaii's famous and feared Volcano Goddess.

It is said that Hi'iaka was born in Tahiti by the great Earth Mother Haumea in the form of an egg. Pele lovingly carried her sister in her armpit on the long canoe ride from Tahiti to Hawaii. Hi'iaka is therefore often called Hi’iaka i ka poli o Pele, which means “cradled in the armpit of Pele”. At long last they reached Pele's new home on Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. There Pele nurtured Hi’iaka in the beautiful Ohia forest until she hatched.

Goddess Pele creates the land with molten fiery hot lava. Hi’iaka blesses the land with rain and creates soil, trees and life with her healing Mana (spiritual energy). Together the sister Goddesses ensure that the growth and life of the land continues.

Hi'iaka's beloved Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. It signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning. Hi'iaka lives in a sacred grove of Ohia trees where she spends her days dancing with the Akuas (spirits) of the forest.

One famous legend tells of Hi'iaka's precarious journey to Kaua'i where she was sent by her sister to bring back Pele's lover, Lohi'au. Pele asked Hi'aka to be back within 40 days and promised to protect her sacred Lehua groves and best friend Hopoe during that time.
But Hi'iaka encountered many obstacles on her journey: The landscape was treacherous, the weather hostile and deadly Mo'o lizards attempted to trap her. When she finally reached Lohi'au's home on Kaua'i, he had committed suicide because of his longing for Pele. Hi'iaka was able to revive him with the power of her chanting and prayers.
Hi'iaka was armed with some of Pele's Mana (powers), but she was still unable to complete the mission in 40 days. Pele, fearing that Hiʻiaka had betrayed her and was keeping her handsome lover for herself, was enraged. She destroyed Hiʻiaka's sacred Lehua groves and killed her friend Hopoe, turning her into stone.
When Hiʻiaka returned, seeing her friend dead and her forest ravaged, she took revenge on Pele and made love to Lohiau right on the edge of the crater where Pele was sure to see them. Furiously, Pele covered the couple in waves of fiery hot lava. Hiʻiaka was unharmed, but Lohiau died. Hiʻiaka brought him back to life for the second time.
Pele regretted her actions toward her beloved sister's Lehua groves and best friend. She decided to let Lohiau choose who he wanted to be with.
During their long and dangerous journey from Kaua'i, Lohi'au had come to love and greatly admire Hi'iaka for her bravery, loyalty, kindness and beauty. He chose her for his wife and took her back to Kaua'i with him.

Hi'iaka connects our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). The reality of our outer lives is often the result of what we carry in our hearts. Hi'iaka teaches us to focus on our higher purpose. If you choose wisely, you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities.

Goddess Hi'iaka's divine Mana inspired the creation of Menehune Dolls, Hi'iaka and Lohi'au.

Hi'iaka and Lohi'au
Birth Date: ʻOkakopa 15, 2014 (10/15/14)


Onaona i Kahala me Ka Lehua
He Hale Lehua no ia na Ka noe
Aloha e, Aloha e

(Fragrant with the breath of Hala and Lehua
This is the sight I long to see
Greetings, Greetings)

The sacred drumming of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the 'Aina (land) as Hi'iaka and Lohi'au dance and chant with the Akuas (spirits) of the Ohia Forest.
The Menehune Ohana (family) watches in awe as the harmony of Ipu, Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.

Hi'iaka and Lohi'au connect our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). Focus on your higher purpose, choose wisely and you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities. 



Hi'iaka's and Lohi'au's Mana attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kamapua'a, Protector of Hawaii's Pigs


Kama and Pua'a were created in honor of Kamapua'a, the Hawaiian Pig God, who was the protector of the pigs and cascading waterfalls bestowing abundant growth to the lands of Hawaii.

Pua’a (Pig) is Kama’s Aumakua (Guardian Spirit). Kama and Pua’a are so closely connected that they have become inseparable friends.
Kama and Pua’a are the Menehune’s guardians. Together they walk fearlessly through the beautiful forest in the Kaiholena Mountains watching for dangers and threats to their beloved Ohana (family). Kama, carrying his Ihe (spear), and Pua’a with his tusks are always ready to protect their loved ones from all harm.

Learn to be aware and watchful like Kama and Pua’a! Let their Mana (spiritual energy) of strength and courage flow into you. 



Kama’s Kuku (grandfather) helped him to make his wooden Ihe (spear). The top of the Ihe is surrounded by Hawaiian Ti leaves for purification and protection. When the Ihe was finished Kama and his Kuku blessed it with a prayer and salt water from the Pacific Ocean.
Kama’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the Ti Leaf lei Kama wears around his head. Tutu also sewed his green lava lava (wraparound) with a Ti leaf design and crocheted green underpants and shoes, which she adorned with green crystals. Crystals and the color green are associated with magic, growth and harmony.
Last, as an added blessing and protection, Tutu wrapped the tusk amulet around her Mo’opuna Kane’s (grandson’s) neck.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha to their beloved Mo’opuna Kane. 


Kama 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. He has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Pua’a is also about 3.5” long fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of black synthetic fur and wired for flexibility. The tusks are made out of clay.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Whenever Kama’s sister, 'Ihi'ihi, walks through the forest to gather fruits and flowers, Pua’a and Kama are right there to watch over her.
Pua’a gets really exited when he sees 'Ihi'ihi. She always pets him and never forgets to give him some Mai’as (bananas), his favorite treat.

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

Kama and Pua’a channel strength and courage.