Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kamapua'a, the Hawaiian Pig God

"Kauhale o Kamapua`a 
Wehiwehi i ka nahele 
Ka uhi pa`a ka noe 
Me anuenue i ke awawa 

Home of Kamapua`a 
Adorned with growth 
Covered with mist 
With rainbows in the valley"

According to Hawaiian legend, Kamapua’a was born on the island of Oahu. Kamapua’a had superhuman powers and was often referred to as Pua’a Akua (Hog God). As a kupua (demigod) he could change at will from a handsome loveable man to a destructive hog.

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, and Kamapua’a were once lovers. Their romance didn’t last very long and soon turned into competitive battles, in which Kamapua’a unsuccessfully tried to extinguish Pele’s flame.

Many formations around the islands are considered evidence of the fierce battles between Pele and Kamapua’a. Eventually, Pele granted Kamapua’a to reign in the rainforests of Kohala, Hamakua and Hilo.

Kamapua’a became protector of the pigs and the cascading waterfalls bestowing abundant growth to the lands of Hawaii.

The legendary Hawaiian Pig God, Kamapua'a, inspired the creation of Magical Hawaiian Menehune Kama and his Aumakua (Guardian Spirit) Pua'a.

Kama and Pua'a
(Guardian and Pig)

Birthdate: Pepeluali 26, 2014 (02/26/14) 

Pua’a is Kama’s Aumakua (Guardian Spirit). Kama and Pua’a are so closely connected that they became 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 the Menehunes 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 and Pua’a channel strength and courage.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pueo, the Hawaiian Owl, Aumakua of Divine Guidance

People of all cultures are drawn into the mystic realm of the owl. This divine bird of power invokes intense feelings of awe, inspiration and fear. All over the world, the owl is recognized as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.

Pueo, the Hawaiian Owl has a special place in Hawaii’s mythology. Pueos were silently sailing over the Hawaiian Islands well before the arrival of the first Polynesians. Pueo is a short eared owl who inhabits the mountains and sea lands throughout the islands of Hawaii. Pueos are endemic to Hawaii and listed as an endangered species.
The Pueo has always been sacred to the people of Hawaii and treated with the utmost love and respect. The mystic bird of wisdom often appears to offer guidance and protection. The Mana (spiritual energy) of this beautiful creature of the night reaches far into the spirit world. Up to this day, many Hawaiians have such a strong connection to Pueo that she becomes a kinolau (physical manifestation) of Aumakua (ancestral spirit).
To the ancient Hawaiians, an Aumakua was a deified ancestral guardian spirit, embodying the form of an animal to watch over their descendants. An Aumakua could manifest itself as a pueo (owl), shark, a sea turtle, an 'Io (hawk), or other animal. Aumakuas empower, guide, protect and inspire their descendants. Pueo is among the oldest of the Aumakua. She is often asked for advice in times of need.

Pueo is considered the “Bringer of Good Luck", protector and messenger.

Her messages may come in a dream, voice, vision, or sign.

Many stories have been told of Pueo. One of the most famous legends, “The Battle of the Owls”, tells of an Oahu man who robbed an owl's nest. After he put the eggs in his bag, the owl-parent shrieked with grief and fury. The man felt terribly sorry and quickly returned the eggs unharmed to the nest. He also took the owl as his god and built a temple in its honor. The ruling chief thought this was rebellion against the prevalent gods, and ordered the man's execution. When the weapon was poised and the man feared his last breath, the owls gathered close and darkened the skies with their wings. The king's soldiers were blinded by the darkness and unable to perform the execution. The man was free. Pueo-hulu-nui near Moanalua on Oahu is one of the alleged places where this awesome battle took place.

There are times in the peaceful nights of the secluded mountains of Ka`u when I hear the whoosh of great wings as a Pueo flies right over my house. To me these occasions are always a good omen and blessing. The Pueo brings divine mana (spiritual energy) from the realm of the spirit world which fills me with humbleness.

My love and respect for the Hawaiian Owl inspired me to create Menehune Boy Koa and his Aumakua, the Pueo.

Koa (Strength) and Pueo (Owl)
Birth Date: Lune 10, 2015 (06/10/15)

Rejoicing in the splendors of nature, Koa climbs higher and higher up the mountain into the Hawaiian forest. Koa is named after the Hawaiian King of Trees. He embraces the strong, fearless Mana (spiritual energy) of the magnificent Koa tree.

Koa inspires us to welcome life’s challenges with an open heart and grow from the valuable lessons they contain.

Pueo is Koa’s sacred Aumakua (guardian spirit). Pueo appears whenever Koa calls on her. She lands on Koa’s right arm, where he greets her with love and respect.
Koa knows that Pueo carries Mana, supernatural powers. At important times of change, she sends messages to Koa through visions and dreams. Koa always follows Pueo’s guidance, knowing that it will keep him and his Menehune Ohana (family) save from all harm and lead them to happiness and good fortune.
Koa and Pueo walk companionably through the enchanting Koa forest, honoring the trees’ brave, warrior-like Mana (spiritual energy). Together they rejoice in the peace and happiness that surrounds them.

Koa’s Tutu (grandmother) crafted a special amulet using one of Pueo’s feathers and a green crystal to inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.
Tutu also sewed Koa’s Malu (wraparound) and hat out of red cotton with a maile leaf design and decorated the hat with 2 Maile leaves. Maile is the plant of eternal love. Tutu crocheted matching green underwear and shoes. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).

Koa 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. Koa has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Pueo is about 1" tall and made out of brown synthetic fur and feathers. The eyes are black crystals. The beak is hand molded out of clay.
Koa’s doll stand is a small piece of custom hand carved, sanded and polished Koa wood. It represents a log.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Koa and Pueo are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.

Koa and Pueo reflect the strong, fearless Mana of the magnificent Hawaiian Koa tree.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Aloha Angels

There is a love we always can depend on. We were born with it 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.

Awareness and opening ourselves to receive the message is crucial. Otherwise, it may be overlooked or not perceived correctly. Messages can come through a voice, a vision, a dream, or a sign. We must welcome this heavenly advice. Sometimes we may reject the message because it would lead us on a path we don’t want to take. The course of action may not make sense but somewhere inside it feels like the right thing to do. We then have to take the detour and follow this heavenly inner guidance trusting that everything is unfolding in a divine perfection which lays way beyond our imagination. Following the enlightened path of our guardian angel often leads to a seemingly magical, almost effortless conclusion of the issue.

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.

In most cultures 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 guardian angels inspired the creation of Magical Hawaiian Menehune angel Hoku (Star).

 Hoku's story:

The sacred rhythm of the Ipu echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Hoku, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Hoku is named after the brightly shining stars in her home Lanikeha, the high sky.
Hoku carries a candle in her sacred Hawaiian Ipu (gourd), which invokes blessings of the divine. The heavenly light of Hoku’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Hoku 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 Hoku 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 Hoku appears offering her wisdom and guidance.

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

Hoku 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.

Hoku wears a turquoise Hawaiian Lava Lava (wraparound dress) with a white Plumeria flower and a star crystal in the front and white crocheted panties. Her yellow Hulu (feather) haku (head lei) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. A white Plumeria flower adorns her beautiful long brown hair. She is holding an Ipu with a star crystal and a candle in her hands. The angel wings are crafted out of real white feathers.

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

Hoku 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. Hoku comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

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