Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our Sun, the Eye of the World

Aloha E Ka La Aloha E
E Ho'oulu Mai E Ka La
I Ka Honua Nei Amana E

Greetings o sun, welcome
Enrich and empower, o sun
This beautiful earth

Our sun is the eye of the world, which illuminates all life on earth. As the greatest fire of nature, the sun's glorious rays are the source of light and life within the soul. The sun reflects strength of spirit, awareness, abundance, clarity and leadership.

The sun inspires divinity and enlightenment. Its brilliance lifts the spirit and affirms life. 

Watching the sun rise, nourishes and rejuvenates the spirit. It is a process of rebirth which restores joy and peace to our inner being as the spirit within is illuminated by the sun's radiance. The warm rays comfort, heal and invigorate body and soul.

For centuries many cultures have dedicated sacred ceremonies to the sun in order to gain spiritual insights. Native Hawaiians respect and honor the sun's energy as the source of all life.

Haleakala, House of the Sun

E ala e Ka la i kahikina 
I ka moana 
Ka moana hohonu 
Pi’i ka lewa 
Ka lewa nu’u 
I kahikina 
Aia ka la. 
E ala e! 

The sun in the east 
From the ocean 
The ocean deep 
Climbing (to) the heaven 
The heaven highest 
In the east 
There is the sun 

Haleakala is a 1.2 million years old massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the island of Maui. It is a place of prayer; 

Haleakala is Ala hea ka la – the path to calling the sun. 

In Hawaiian mythology, the crater at the summit of Haleakalā was home to the grandmother of the demigod Māui. To please his grandmother Maui, who was known for his tricks, captured the sun with his lasso and forced it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day.

For over 1000 years, only the Na Kāhuna P'o (ancient priests) and their Haumana (students) lived at Haleakalā for meditation to receive spiritual wisdom as well as to observe the heavens for navigation purposes. They merged the sounds of their ancient prayers with the Mana (spiritual energy) of nature for spiritual manifestations. Over 300 Heiaus (temples) were built on the eastern side of Haleakalā. The ancient Hawaiians kept Haleakala's secrets for the people to love, protect and preserve.
Haleakala has been named 'The House of the Sun'. It is a sacred place and must be treated with respect.

Menehune Baby Lala (Sunshine) was created in honor of our glorious sun.

Lala (Sunshine)
Birth Date: Ianuali 18, 2015 (01-18-15)

Lala's smile is like sunshine, warming body and soul. Lala is the Menehune's Keiki Punahele (beloved child). They love her and take turns watching over her at all times. Lala is only 3 months old. She just left the spiritual world and her memory and connection to her origin are very strong. The deep inner knowing that she is always taken care of fills her with trust and love. The Menehunes rejoice in Lala’s sweet innocence. Gently rocking her cradle, they softly sing a Hawaiian lullaby to her:
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

Surrounded by her Ohana’s (family’s) Aloha (love), Lala lies contently in her coconut cradle cuddling her Pea 'Alika (Teddy Bear) and sucking on her thumb. 

Like sunshine, Lala's Mana (spiritual energy) nourishes and rejuvenates the spirit.

Lala's Tutu (grandmother) crocheted her pink pants and matching booties which she adorned with 2 tiny pink crystals. She also sewed the bedding and canopy with a Plumeria design for the cradle and decorated the canopy with a green feather lei. The Hulu (feather) lei is believed to link to the divine. Tutu hung a heart shaped crystal in the center of the canopy. Lala delights in watching it sparkle in the sunlight. Last Tutu put a Plumeria flower behind Lala's ear. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Lala is about 3” 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. Lala has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
Pea 'Alika, theTeddy Bear, is about 1" tall. He is handmade out of synthetic fur with black crystals for eyes and nose and a pink embroidered mouth.

The coconut for Lala’s cradle was selected from palm trees Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom pine wood rocking base.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Lala is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
Lala comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Lala’s Sunshine Mana helps us to reconnect with our spiritual origin, the eternal presence of love within and all around us.

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