Wednesday, September 30, 2015

He'e Wahine I Ka Lani - Goddess of the Surf


He'e Wahine I Ka Lani!
Goddess in the Surf! 
He'e Ana I Ka Lala,
Sliding across the face of a wave,
Ho'iana I Kamuku 
 returning to the curl.

Surfing began in Hawaii as early as the 3rd or 4th century CE. Hawaiian surfer girls were called Wahine and equal to me in the sport. Wahines are remembered for their grace, style, dominance and Mana in competitive surfing. Wahines loved to surf. Even the Ali'i (royalty), like King Kamehameha and his Queen Kaahumanu, were said to have surfed side by side.

"A large percentage of Wahines of early Hawaii was skillful surfers and often champions."

Native Mo'olelos (legends) give the highest honors in this skillful and daring sport to the Wahines:
Me Kui O Mamala, one of the best surfing spots on Oahu, was named after Mamala, a famous woman surfer and Kupua with supernatural powers.
According to legend, Mamala left her husband Ouha, the Shark Man, for another man named Honokaupu. Terribly upset, Ouha shed his human form and became the Shark God of the coast between Waikiki and Koko Head.

Amy was created in honor of all the magnificent women surfers of the past and present.

Amy, Goddess of the Surf
Birth Date: Kepakemapa 22, 2015 (09-22-15)

Amy inspires us to surrender to the waves of life with focus and balance, allowing them to safely carry us to our highest goals.

He'e Wahine I Ka Lani! 
Amy is a Goddess in the Surf!

Amy's best friend and greatest teacher is the ocean. Amy is a Menehune He’e Nalu
When the surf is up, Amy runs down to Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. She can’t wait to get into the ocean. Her heart dances with Hopupu (excitement) as she eagerly anticipates the challenges of the great waves.
Amy loves the Pacific Ocean and the surf has been her greatest teacher, evoking deep respect and humbleness within her. She knows that every wave presents a challenge of going with its flow. Amy watches the waves, feels them inside, and connects to their Mana (spiritual energy).
She flies along the sea on her Olo (surfboard), riding the waves with focus and balance. Amy finds the perfect attitude between tension and flexibility and rides the great wave home. It is the very best feeling in the world.


Surfing is magical; it has become her way of life! Amy is a Goddess in the surf!

Amy and her Kuku(grandfather) made the Olo (surfboard) together. First they chose the right Hawaiian Wiliwili tree for the board. Before cutting the tree, they faced towards the sea and said a prayer of thanks for the wood they would use. They honored the spirit of the tree by burying a fish beneath it. Last Amy and Kuku drew a big Hawaiian Honu (sea turtle) on the Olo. The Honu is Amy's Aumakua (Guardian Spirit). Amy is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of the Turtle. The Hawaiian Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck. Amy always feels protected when she surfs because she knows that her Aumakua is watching over her.
The wooden Olo is Amy’s most treasured possession. She always carries it with her, even when she goes to sleep.
Amy’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed her red and turquoise bikini with a white Hibiscus flower design and crocheted matching turquoise shoes. She tied Amy's beautiful black hair with a turquoise band to keep it out of her eyes while she surfs. Last Tutu lovingly put a fragrant white and turquoise Plumeria flower in her hair.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo'opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


Amy is about 4” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. Her body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto her face. Amy has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Amy is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.


Amy reflects the spiritual powers of the Hawaiian Waters.


Amy is available on special order. Please contact me at: menehunebabies@gmail.com or visit my website at:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Opihi, the Favorite Pupu of Hawaii


Hinuhinu wale i ka lihi o ke kai
Shining there at the sea's edge

Me he pai pu`u ala i ho`opuu `ia
Clustered like little hills

`O ka `opihi hälala
The giant Opihi

In old Hawaii Opihi were said to have grown as large as oranges because, with their great respect to the 'Aina and  refraining from all greed and waste, Hawaiians picked only what they needed. In those days Opihi lived longer and grew bigger than today, when they grow only to about the size of a golf ball.

Opihi are small cone shaped limpets which cling to the rest cry shorelines of Hawaii. Extraordinarily strong by nature, they survive during the hot and dry periods of low tide and the pounding waves of high tide. Up to this day Opihi picketrs risk and often loose their lives picking these delicious shells. The best Opihi with the yellow meat are found on the rocks where the waves are the roughest. Always aware of the unpredictable dangers of the ocean,  Hawaiians made sure to never turn their backs to the water while using a stick to pry the Opihi off the rocks.
They referred to Ohihi as'he ia make' meaning ' a creature that could cause death'. 

Opihi was and is Hawaii's favorite Pupu (snack). It is often eaten right out of the shell. In old Hawaii the oval shaped cells with their sharp edges were always saved to be used as a tool for scraping, peeling and scooping.


Today Opihi shells are also used to make beautiful jewelry like pendants or earrings.
Unique to Hawaii, Opihi play a key role in the marine ecosystem by keeping shoreline algae growth in check.


Menehune Boy Opihi was created in appreciation of this favorite Hawaiian Pupu (snack).

Opihi
Birthdate: Kepakemapa 25, 2015 (09/25/2015)

Look at Opihi and let your thoughts too become the seeds of what you wish to harvest!

Opihi is named after the limpet shells which grow in abundance on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and are considered a delicacy in Hawaii.

Opihi can’t wait to pick the delicious shells for his Ohana (family) and himself. But picking Opihi on the cliffs is very dangerous. Opihi’s Kupua Kane (grandfather) promised that he will teach him how to pick them when he is a little bit older.
In the meantime Opihi is content to fill his fishing net with the delicious mussels he finds at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. Dinner will be a feast for his Ohana and him!
Opihi loves to play. While he patiently fills his net with mussels, he visualizes what it will be like when his Menehune Kaukinis (cousins), Nai'a and Amy, come down to the beach and they start playing together. Opihi imagines how they will swim in the ocean, build castles in the black sand, and play races with the black beach crabs. They will have a blast!
Opihi knows that his thoughts are like seeds which grow into reality. Sure enough, there comes Nai'a and Amy and the fun begins!


Opihi’s Tutu (grandmother) polished the most beautiful Opihi shell crafted and put it on her her Mo'opuna Kane's (grandson's) head to protect him from the blazing sun at the beach. Then Tutut crafted and blessed his Opihi shell amulet. She also sewed his red Malu (wraparound) with a dolphin design and crocheted little red shoes. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha to her beloved Mo'opuna Kane.

Opihi is about 4” 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. Opihi has little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Opihi is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. He comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.


Opihi conveys the power of thoughts.


Opihi is available on special order. Please contact me at: menehunebabies@gmail.com or visit my website at:





Tuesday, September 8, 2015

'Ihi'ihi, Hawaiian Clover, the Good Luck Charm


How many times in life do we wish for good luck for ourselves and the ones close to us? 
Hawaiian Good Luck Doll 'Ihi'ihi (Clover) can help.

 'Ihi'ihi conveys good luck, fortune and well being to all who are around her.
'Ihi'ihi's gift to you is the beautiful Pu (Conch Shell) she carries. In Hawaii the Pu is said to attract prosperity and good fortune.