Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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

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 .

Mahalo nui loa 
He Makana Nau Aloha Nui Loa

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

Honu Pepe, the Turtle Baby, was created in the honor of all mothers.

Honu Pepe, theTurtle Baby 

Birth Date: Mei 1, 2014 (05/01/14)

He nani lua 'ole
Ku'u wehi o nâ lani
He kilohana 'oe
Na'u e pûlama mau
Hô'olu i ka poli e
Mehana i ke anu e.

I can smile when it's raining
Touch the warmth of the sun
I hear children laughing
In this place that I love
Where I live there are rainbows
With life in the laughter of morning
And birds filled with song

The Menehunes are softly chanting a Hawaiian lullaby to Honu Pepe. He is their Keiki Punahele (beloved child). The Menehunes rejoice in Honu Pepe’s sweet innocence. They love him and take turns watching over him at all times. When Honu Pepe is hungry, they nurture him with his favorite treats, warm baby milk and Mai’as (bananas).
Nestled in the ferns and surrounded by his Ohana’s (family’s) Aloha (love), Honu Pepe lies contently in his coconut cradle sucking on his thumb. The deep inner knowing that he is always taken care of fills him with trust and love. 

Honu Pepe is named after his Aumakua (Guardian Spirit), the Hawaiian Sea Turtle. The little green Turtle in his coconut cradle has become his constant companion and closest friend. Together they rejoice in the Mana of peace and happiness that surrounds them.
Honu Pepe is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of the Turtle. The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.

llow the Honu’s wisdom to embrace you and guide you on your quest.

Honu Pepe’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha into the Kupukupu (fern) lei he wears around his neck before she gave it to her beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson). Hawaiian tree ferns represent spiritual strength, unity and love.
Tutu crocheted his blue pants and matching booties which she adorned with 2 yellow Lehua flowers and tiny red crystals. She also sewed the blue bedding and curtains with a Turtle design for the cradle, sewed 2 turtle buttons on the sides and decorated the top with a yellow feather lei. The Hulu (feather) lei is believed to link to the divine.

Honu Pepe 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. Honu Pepe has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
The little turtle is about 1.5” long. Her body is made out of soft green cloth and wired for flexibility.
The coconut for Honu Pepe’s cradle was selected from palm trees at 
Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Honu Pepe and his Honu are a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
Honu Pepe comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.

Honu Pepe reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kohola, the Humpback Whale, Majestic Aumakua of Hawaiian Waters

The majestic Koholas grace us with their presence in the vast Pacific Ocean around the Islands of Hawaii. Their enormous sphere of magical Mana (spiritual energy) is absolutely mesmerizing.
The entrancing sound of the Kohala’s song is synchronized with the oneness that exists in all. It is one of the most complex signals made by any animal in the world.
In the Hawaiian waters all Humpback Whales in a certain area sing the same song during mating and birthing season from November until May. Within the 6 months season they all conform to the slowly changing themes of their song. The about 20 minute long song is often sung over and over for hours.

Koholas play a significant role in Hawaiian culture. Native Hawaiians have always honored the gentle guidance and wisdom of the Koholas. Whales are the essence of their deep rooted connection with the ocean and the Humpback Whale has become Aumakua to many Hawaiians. He is their ancestral guardian spirit, who guides, protects and inspires them.
Early Hawaiians worshipped the Kohola in the Kumulipo Chant, the Hawaiian Chant of Creation:

"Hanau ka palaoa noho I kai"
Born is the whale living in the ocean.

In Hawaiian mythology, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean. Kohola is a majestic manifestation of Kanaloa.

Lei Niho Palaoa

The Lei Niho Palaoa is a whale tooth pendant and was an important symbol of rank for the highest Ali‘i (royalty) of Hawaii. The whale teeth were collected from carcasses that had washed ashore. The carved hook pendant was strung on thousands of finely braided strands of human hair. The scarcity and beauty of the Lei Niho Palaoa and its connection to Kanaloa brought Mana (spiritual power) to the carver and the pendant’s wearer. The Ali’i believed that, by wearing this Kinolau (body form) of the great god, they would embody Kanaloa’s powerful Mana.

The humpback whale is an endangered species. Commercial whaling at the start of the 20th century has depleted the global whale population. Today, more than 10,000 Humpback Whales use the warm Hawaiian waters as their wintering ground to mate, give birth and care for their young.

Kohola, the Menehune Sailor, was created in honor of the grandeur, wisdom and grace of the majestic Humpback Whale.
Here is Kohola's story:

 Kohola (Humpback Whale)
Birthdate: 'Apelila 4, 2014 (04/04/14)

Kohola is named after his Aumakua (ancestral guardian spirit), the majestic Humpback Whale. Kohola always feels protected by the guidance and wisdom of his Aumakua, when he sails his coconut boat in the gentle breeze of Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. He follows the entrancing sound of the Whale’s song which leads him to his treasures and away from all harm.

Kohola’s treasures are the precious conch shells he scoops up with his fishing net when he sails his 
coconut boat through the beautiful bays of Punaluu Black Sands Beach. 

The Pu (Conch Shell) is a gift from the Pacific Ocean. When blown, its pure sound echoes across the ‘Aina (land) invoking blessings of divine Mana (spiritual energy).

Kohola is the most generous little Menehune. His heart is as big as the whale. Kohola's Mana (spiritual energy) is Aloha (love) and compassion. Sharing his treasures with his Menehune Ohana (family) brings him the greatest joy. Nothing makes Kohola happier than passing out the most treasurable shell gifts to his Menehune Ohana and seeing their joy and appreciation which in turn is the greatest gift to him.

Kohola knows that the more he gives, the more he will receive. Kohola sees with his heart and acts with compassion.

Kohola’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana into the Ti Leaf Leis he wears around his head and neck and draped another one around the sail of his canoe. According to ancient Hawaiian beliefs, Ti leaves provide protection from all harm. Surrounded by Ti leaves and guided by his Aumakua, the Humpback Whale, Kohola always feels save and secure.
Tutu also sewed his ocean blue Malu (wraparound) and crocheted his red pants. All this were Tutu’s sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).

Kohola 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. Kohola has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. His malu (wraparound) is sewn out of the same cotton fabric as his sail. The hand carved, sanded and polished coconut for Kohala’s boat was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

The Humpback Whale on his sail gives Kohola the greatest comfort. It reminds him that, if he should ever get lost at sea, he can call on his Aumakua, the Whale, who always, without fail, will come to guide him safely back to shore.

Kohola is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. His coconut boat is signed and dated. Kohola comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.

Kohola reflects the majestic Mana of the Humpback Whale.