Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nene Goose, Hawaii's State Bird

In the Hawaiian language, Nene means to cherish.

Honored as Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene Goose enhances the life and spirit of Hawaii.
As the world's rarest goose, Nene is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and considered an endangered species.
Nene is a shy and modest bird who meanders on the Hawaiian Islands carefully selecting leaves, berries and grassblades to eat.

Nene sings a melodious rhythmic song that touches the heart and reaches into the ancestor’s world. 

Gratitude for Nene reminding us of the perfection of nature, inspired the creation of Baby Nene as the Aumakua (guardian spirit) of  Menehune girl Ipu

Ipu (Gourd)
Birthdate: 'Aukake 29, 2015 (8-29-15)

“E Alae!”

Ipu’s prayers invoke inspiration, protection and wisdom.

In harmony to the sacred beat of the Ipu (gourd), Menehune girl Ipu and Baby Nene (Hawaiian Goose) sing a melodious rhythmic song that touches the heart and reaches into the ancestor’s world. Ipu and Nene are honoring the Akuas (spirits) of the enchanting, secluded mountains in Kau on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Baby Nene waddles along happily. The Nene Goose enhances the life and spirit of Hawaii. Nene means to cherish. She is Ipu’s Aumakua (guardian spirit) and the two of them are inseparable. 
Ipu and Nene are headed to the sacred Heiau (Altar), where Ipu prays and worships the beauty of Hawaii. 

Ipu includes everybody she loves into her Pules (prayers). She prays for peace, harmony, happiness, and abundance. 

Ipu's Tutu (grandmother) sewed her white dress with a big pink Puakenikeni flower in the front She crocheted pink panties and matching shoes and wove a Lauhala sunhat.
Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha into Ipu's Maile Lei. Maile represents spiritual strength, unity and love. Last Tutu adorned the dress and Ipu's hair with the fragrant, pink Puakenikeni flowers. Ipu is named after the Hawaiian Ipus which grow on a vine. Ipu's Tutu picked the most beautiful one for her beloved Mo'opuna (Granddaughter). She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a crystal. It was her sacred gift of Aloha (Love) to Ipu and became her most treasured possession.

Ipu is about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. Nene is about 1” tall. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Ipu has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All of Ipu’s and Nene’s accessories were individually handcrafted.

Ipu and Nene are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.
They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Ipu’s Mana attunes us to the spirit of Hawaii.

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