Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hawaiian Halloween, Pala'ai, the Menehune Witch

Creating a miniature Menehune witch combining colors, dress codes and accessories pertaining to Halloween and Hawaii challenged my imagination.
But here she is: Pala'ai, the little Menehune Witch.

Pala'ai (Pumpkin)
Birth Date: ‘Okakopa 31, 2013 (10-31-13)

It’s Halloween in the Menehune village! There is so much excitement in the air!
Pala'ai was born on October 31 and Halloween just is her favorite time of the year. This year, Pala'ai (Pumpkin) is dressed up as a little witch. Carrying her Ipu Pu (pumpkin), she zooms on her broom to the Menehune Ohana (family) casting blessings and magical spells of Aloha (love) upon everyone she meets. Pala'ai’s happiness is contagious and in no time all the Menehunes wear big smiles on their faces, sharing their favorite Halloween treats, mai’as (bananas) and kahikis (pineapple), with each other.

Pala'ai’s magical Mana (spiritual energy) casts blessings of love and joy.

Pala'ai’s Tutu (grandmother) made her Halloween costume. She crocheted the witch’s hat and decorated it with a green feather Haku and an orange pompon on the tip. Tutu sewed a black cape out of silky material held together by a crystal in the front and an orange wraparound skirt with a Hawaiian flower design. She wove another green feather lei which Pala'ai wears around her hips. Tutu crocheted Pala'ai’s pointy black witch’s shoes and decorated the tips with small black pompons. She also crocheted Ipu Pu (pumpkin) and embroidered a face onto him. Then she gave Pala'ai an orange Plumeria flower to put behind her ear and her magical kitchen broom because a witch just has to have a broom.
Pala'ai’s witch costume was Tutu’s gift of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna (granddaughter). Pala'ai loves to wear it. It makes her feel like a real little Hawaiian Menehune witch.

Pala'ai 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. Pala'ai has tiny little hands and feet, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Pala'ai is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Pala'ai conveys the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.