Gourds have always been highly valued in Hawaii. In ancient times special customs and rituals were performed during the planting, cultivation and harvest. Gourds were planted on the night of Hua, when the moon was shaped like an egg. A potbellied man would carry the seed as if it already was a huge gourd. Chanting, he would drop the seed quickly in the hole, keeping his hands straight and steady in order to keep the gourd from twisting and shriveling:
The sacred rhythm of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) calling Ipulani, the Menehune Guardian Angel to earth. Ipulani’s Mana (spiritual energy) radiates the power of unconditional Aloha (love). Ipulani is named after the sacred Hawaiian Ipu (gourd), which invokes blessings of the divine.
Her home is Lanikeha, the high sky. The heavenly light of Ipulani’s candle illuminates the paths of the Menehune’s lives on earth.
The Menehunes know Ipulani always watches over them enlightening their lives with her angelic presence. Hearing the divine drumming of the Ipu in the distance, the Menehunes sense that Ipulani is near. Sometimes she allows them a glance at the heavenly glow of her Ipu candle or a glimpse of her angelic white feather wings passing by to remind them how brightly the Aloha spirit is shining from their own souls. All they have to do is call and Ipulani appears offering her wisdom and guidance.
Ipulani often rests in the serene Hawaiian Ohia forest, worshipping the beautiful world around her. She never tires of rejoicing in the abundant splendor of nature.
Ipulani wears a white dress with a big pink Puakenikeni flower in the front, pink crocheted panties and matching shoes. Her Maile Haku (head lei) with the fragrant, pink Puakenikeni flowers represents spiritual strength, unity and love.
Ipulani is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She is a collector’s item bringing you the spiritual power of Hawaii.