Anuenue, the Hawaiian rainbow, is the pathway between dimensions in Hawaiian mythology. The rainbow was often associated with messages from the spirit world and death. Death was believed to be a transformation of the soul where it began to move between the earth and upper realms of the ancestors. The soul then became a god who was able to enjoy earthly abundance. The rainbow was the path the Gods used to travel from Nu'umealani, 'the sacred raised land of the heavenly ones', down to earth.
O ka 'onohi ula o ka lani ko inoa
The rainbow of heaven is your name
Anuenue,the Hawaiian Rainbow Goddess, is a messenger of the Gods. Also called, the Beauty of Manoa, she was born of the divine wind and rain of Manoa Valley on Oahu. Since ancient times the valley has been regarded as “the royal palace of rainbows,” where Anuenue, the beautiful Rainbow Maiden, can be seen playing wherever the light of sun touches the misty rain. Anuenue is so beautiful that a rainbow follows her wherever she goes.
Anuenue was raised by her grandmother Waka in a secret forest clearing in Manoa Valley. Waka surrounded her Mo'opuna Wahine (granddaughter) in a fine mist to guard her maidenhood until she would be ready to marry a man of highest royalty. There Anuenue lives up to this day.
Her 'I’iwi bird guardians bring her gifts of Ohia Lehua blossom as Anuenue watches over the Aina (sacred land).
To the ancient Hawaiians rainbows were a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Babies destined to become great chieftains were born with rainbows over their homes and accompanied by rainbows throughout their lives.
Some natives have said that each color of the rainbow represents a Goddess and thinking of that color will bring about the element associated with it:
-White represents the element of water and the Goddess Hina who bestows knowledge and awareness.
-Earth Goddess Haumea promises freedom and release. She bears the color red. A stone is used as her element.
-Orange is for the Volcano Goddess Pele who infuses energy and focus. She commands the fire element.
-Yellow is for the Goddess Hi’iaka who gives presence and purpose. Her element is the wind.
-Purple is for Goddess Uli, who endows success and effectiveness. People are her element.
-Green is for the element of plants and Goddess Laka, who showers love and compassion.
-Blue is for the Goddess Kapo, the giver of power and ability. An animal is her element.
Magical Menehune girl Anuenue was created in honor of the beautiful Hawaiian rainbow and its inspiring spiritual significance.
The gentle drum of the Ipu (gourd) echoes through the Ohia Forest as a beautiful rainbow slowly approaches the Menehune village. Full of excitement, the Menehunes run to the gathering place. Anuenue is coming! She is their bringer of good luck and prosperity.
Anuenue is named after the Hawaiian Rainbow Goddess. Anuenue is so lovely that a rainbow follows her wherever she goes. One of the most beautiful rainbows just couldn't let go and imbued itself onto her dress.
Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Anuenue’s Tutu (grandmother) picked the most beautiful of the Ipus. She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a purple crystal and cord.
It was her sacred gift of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna (granddaughter) and became Anuenue’s most treasured possession.
Anuenue is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with the Tiki God of Love, her story and a certificate of authenticity.