Friday, July 26, 2013

Kaiholena, Magical Valley of Ancestors

"Huli I ke kanaka pili ke Aukua a nana no I kipaipai ho’I a kakou.

Inspiration is understanding the knowledge of all possibilities."

Na Kumu-Keala Ching

Some time ago I was granted the honor to visit the Kaiholena Preserve in Ka’u. The majestic Mana (spiritual energy) of this rare and uniquely Hawaiian lowland forest literally took my breath away. It felt like stepping into the serene beauty of the ancestor’s land which invoked a deep sense of humbleness and awe-inspiring inner silence within me.
Nurtured by Nature Conservancy, Kaiholena is thriving with native plants and bird life. The beautiful serene Ohia and Koa forest shelters an abundant growth of native Uluhe and Hapu’u ferns.

The tabletop mountain Makanau is a sacred historic site which offers a simply glorious view of the Ka’u coastline, Punaluu Black Sands Beach and the surrounding mountains. 

‘Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, soars high above keeping a watchful eye reminding us to live well, love nature, and Malama ‘Aina (care for the land).

The warm Aloha of Kaiholena’s Mana is like an embrace which opens the heart to the beauty of life.

The Menehunes Kaiholena and Makanau and the Nene Goose were created in honor of the magical Kaiholena valley.

Kaiholena, Makanau and Nene worship the beauty of Hawaii. Their Pule (prayer) for peace, harmony, happiness and abundance includes everybody in the world.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Limu Chan, Hugable, Lovable Keiki Doll

Limu Chan

Almost 2 years ago, after my granddaughter, Nana Chan, was born, I started thinking about making a hugable, lovable cloth doll for her.Now that her 2nd birthday is approaching and she has developed a great appreciation for dolls and stuffed animals, I finally created Limu Chan for her.

In the past I have made exclusively 3.5" miniature, collectible Hawaiian Menehune dolls. Limu Chan is 9" tall and required a new bigger pattern and a new design for a doll who can be handled and played with by children.
I initially envisioned a Hawaiian doll, but that changed after my 'inner doll maker' took over. A piece of fabric my mother in Germany had once given me practically fell into my hands and I sewed Limu Chan's dress out of it. That way Limu Chan has a part of Nana Chan's Great Grandmother.
This project was a whole new experience for me. I had so much fun with it that I decided to add a new line of  hugable, lovable and playable dolls for children to my miniature, collectible Menehunes.

Limu Chan is named after the Hawaiian Limu (sea weed) that Nana Chan loves to eat. Limu Chan is just like my little Granddaughter half Japanese and half Caucasian with the same naughty expression on her face.