Monday, March 24, 2014

The Hawaiian Olapa Dance, Empowering the Spirit Within

Birthdate: Malaki 24,2014 (03/24/14)

As the leaves of the Hawaiian Niu (Coconut Palm) sway gently in the slightest breeze so does Olapa (Dancer) move with the energies of the Universe.
Singing and dancing to the sweet sound of her Ukulele, she explores everything nature has to offer.

Mana I ka pua
Ua mohala malie.

There is Mana in the flower
That has blossomed slowly.

The Menehunes clap their hands in delight, begging for some more of Olapa’s delightful dances and music. The enchanting sound of the Ukulele accompanies her songs and dances about the Menehune Ohana (family), Hawaiian animals, the forest, the ocean, and the stars in the Universe. Celebrating Hawaii’s Aloha spirit, the Menehunes dance with Olapa under the Palm trees to the rhythm of her wonderful music.

Olapa's dance and music illuminate life with joy and happiness. Her cheerful Mana (Spiritual Energy) brightens up the day with love and laughter.

Olapa’sTutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into the Ti Leaf leis she wears around her head and wrists. Ti leaves are sacred to Laka, the Goddess of Hula. According to ancient Hawaiian beliefs, Ti leaves provide spiritual protection and invoke the blessings of the Gods.

Tutu also wove Olapa’s green Ti leaf skirt and sewed a blue cotton top and matching pants for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).
The Ukulele was Kuku’s (grandfather’s) gift of lasting love and Aloha to Olapa. It became her most cherished possession. She holds it even when she goes to sleep.

Olapa 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. She has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
The stem of the Palm tree is made out of the seed pod of a Hawaiian Palm. The hand carved, sanded and polished coconut base was selected from palm trees at Punalu'u Black Sands Beach.
All of Olapa’s accessories were individually handcrafted.

In the evenings Olapa and her brother, Kahiko (Hula), often dance and sing together under the Palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. In perfect harmony they express their Aloha Aina (love of the land).

Olapa is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
She comes with the Palm tree, her story and a certificate of authenticity.

The gentle breeze of Olapa’s Mana (spiritual energy) empowers the spirit within.

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