She specified her preferences for colors, leis, coconut cradles, etc., and her ideas stimulated my creativity. I started adding and integrating certain aspects to my art which I had never considered before.
I kept working on what was becoming one of the most inspiring projects I have done. I was losing and finding myself in the developing spirits of the dolls.
Without me knowing it, the first Menehune was finished on the same day the baby was born.
The spiritual connection people, who have never even met, can make is just amazing.
The Menehunes rejoice in her sweet innocence. They love and always watch over her, nurturing her with warm baby milk whenever she is hungry.
Maile is named after the traditional Maile Lei which in Hawaii represents the umbilical cord to the spiritual world. Maile just left the spiritual world and her memory and connection to her origin are very strong. The deep inner knowing that she is always taken care of fills her with trust and love.
Here is part of Puli's and Pueo's story:
Puli is a happy little Menehune Pepe (baby). Puli’s name means ‘Blessing’ and her magical Mana (spiritual energy) radiates blessings of love and joy upon everybody she meets.
Puli is so closely connected to her Aumakua that Pueo chose her as a close friend. Pueo appears whenever Puli calls on her but she also often comes on her own at important times of change when she knows that her advice is needed. Pueo always lands on Puli’s left hand where they greet each other with love and respect. Together they honor Hawaii’s enchanting Aloha spirit.
Puli knows that Pueo brings Mana, supernatural powers. Her messages are revealed to her in visions and dreams. Puli always follows Pueo’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.