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