Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Hawaiian Pahu: Celebrating the Sacred

Pahu Li'i (Little Drum)

E hō mai ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea hūnā noʻeau
o nā mele ē
E hō mai ē 

Grant us the knowledge from above
The knowledge hidden 
in the chants
Grant us these things

 The strong Mana (spiritual energy) of the Hawaiian Pahu (drum) celebrates the sacred. The Pahu's sounds of power amplify sacred chants and Hula.

"Its deep solemn tone inspires the dancers and stirs the emotions of the spectators." 

The Pahu raises the Mana of celebrations and ceremonies in honor of the Akuas (Gods). All over the world the drum enhances rituals of healing, consciousness transformation and prayers. In old Hawaii drums were given names because they have a voice.

Up to this day the Pahu (drum) has been one of the most important percussion instrument in Hawaii.
According to Legend, La'a mai Kahiki (La'a from Tahiti) is said to have brought the drum and Hula dance to Hawaii during the twelfth or thirteenth century. He chanted and played the Pahu as his canoe passed the islands. On O'ahu, one of the islanders raced along the shore following the canoe while pounding his chest in imitation of La'a's drum. Later this man fashioned a drum and taught the people of O'ahu to play it.
There are different kinds of Pahus the Ho'opa'a (drummer and chanter) might use:

Pahu Hula (dance drum)


Ipu Hula (double calabash drum) 


Puniu (coconut knee drum) 





Pahu Pule (prayer drum)

Pahu Pule (prayer drum) was considered sacred and always kept in the Hale Pahu (drum house) of the Heiau (temple). Temple drums were large, up to 46 inches tall, made from coconut or breadfruit log, the drum head covered with shark or fish-skin.


The sacred nature of the Hawaiian Pahu inspired the creation of Pahu Li'i (Little Drum).


Pahu Li'i (Little Drum)
Birth Date: Kekemapa 22, 2015 (12-22-15) 

Pahu Li'i invites you to join her in a celebration of the sacred!

E hō mai ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea hūnā noʻeau
o nā mele ē
E hō mai ē

Grant us the knowledge from above
The knowledge hidden 
in the chants
Grant us these things


The divine beat of Pahu Li'i’s Drum signals the beginning of an empowering ritual.
Chanting and drumming softly, Pahu Li'i walks through the sacred Hawaiian forest. She rejoices in the Mana of peace and happiness that surrounds her.
In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Pahu Li'i honors the Akuas (Gods). She tells stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians), the sacredness of life and respect for all things with her drumming and chants.
Pahu Li'i's rituals have the greatest potential to create healing transitions, restore peace and harmony within ourselves or in relationships, provide materialistic gains, and fulfill many more of our deepest desires.

Pahu Li'i's rituals inspire us to celebrate and manifest the sacred. 

Pahu Li'i’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pahu Li'i 's red and green feather and flower Haku (head lei), wrist and ankle leis. In Hawaii the Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
Tutu also sewed Pahu Li'i’s yellow dress with a red belt and matching crocheted panties. Last she gave Pahu Li'i the precious little Puniu (coconut drum) and drum stick, which, following tradition, has been handed down through generations. All these things were Tutu's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Pahu Li'i 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. Pahu Li'i has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Pahu Li'i is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

Pahu Li'i inspires the power of rituals.






Saturday, December 12, 2015

Poli'ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea


In Hawaiian mythology Poli’ahu is the Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language Poli’ahu means “caress”.
The Snow Goddess Poli’ahu gently caresses the summit of Mauna Kea with her pure white cloak in the winter and beautifies the mountain with her pink and gold cloak in the summer.

 Mauna Kea

Translated from the Hawaiian language Mauna Kea means “the White Mountain”. The mountains of the island were always sacred to the Hawaiians, and Mauna Kea is the most sacred of all. In ancient times the law allowed only high-ranking tribal chiefs to visit its peak.
The fascinating summit of the dormant volcano is at 13,803 feet the highest point in the State of Hawaii. Measured from its base on the ocean floor, it rises over 33,000 feet, making it the tallest mountain on earth. Mauna Kea last erupted about 4000 years ago.
This majestic mountain is only about one million years old. In the past glaciers covered the summit of Mauna Kea. Glacial features and a few rock glaciers have remained on the summit until today.
Mauna Kea’s high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow make it one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation. The world’s largest collection of international astronomical observatories is located on the summit of Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea also is home to many endangered plants and animals, including the Wekiu bug, the Palila (a rare bird), and the Mauna Kea Silversword.

Lake Waiau
Lake Waiau, located on the summit platform of Mauna Kea, is one of the highest elevated lakes on the planet. Lake Waiau is a sacred site. Ancient Hawaiians believed that the Lake was a bottomless portal to the spirit world. Its water was considered pure water of the gods. According to Hawaiian beliefs, water captured in the piko (the center) is considered pure and sacred. The water of Lake Waiau is worshipped as the most sacred. In ancient time, a chief would throw the umbilical cord of their first son into the lake to reserve the place for the child's afterlife as a chief.
People believe in the immense powers of Lake Waiau up to this day and visit it to perform rituals or collect the water for good health.


In Hawaiian mythology Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess and Poli’ahu, the Snow Goddess were said to have been fierce rivals. One well known Hawaiian legend tells the story of Poli’ahu winning a race against the Volcano goddess Pele at the Hawaiian sledding sport called “he’eholua”. Pele was so angry at being defeated that she threw streams of glowing lava at Poli’ahu who calmly brought down storms of snow and froze the molten rock into place. Pele surrendered and never again stepped onto Poli’ahu’s territory on Mauna Kea. The power of fire was pacified by Poli’ahu’s calmness.

The legend of the Hawaiian Snow Goddess inspired the creation of the miniature Magical Hawaiian Goddess Poli'ahu.

Poli’ahu, Hawaiian Snow Goddess of Mauna Kea
Birthdate: Kēkēmapa 12, 2015 (12/12/15)

Connect with Poli’ahu’s Mana and learn how to be victorious over all of life’s challenges by caressing them with tenderness and stillness.

Swinging her magical Snowflake Ko'o (wand), Poli'ahu happily skips over the hardened lava on the majestic Mauna Kea Volcano. She is enchanted by the beauty of the mountain and eager to share the blessing of her powerful Mana (spiritual energy) with her Ohana (family) and friends.
Poli’ahu is named after the Hawaiian Snow Goddess who resides on the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain), the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Poli’ahu’s name means caress. Her serene, gentle Mana (spiritual energy) is like the caress of a soft, pure, white snow blanket.
'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, is Poli’ahu’s Aumakua (ancestral spirit) and her loyal companion.
'Io is just a baby hawk. He loves to play and ride on Poli'ahu’s right hand revealing his miraculous powers and loving concerns to her.
'Io appears whenever Poli'ahu calls on him but he also often comes on his own at important times of change, when he knows that his advise is needed. 'Io always lands on Poli'ahu’s right hand where she greets him with love and respect. He gently chirps sweet songs and secret messages in Poli’ahu’s ear, guiding her even deeper into her place of inner stillness.

Like the Hawaiian Snow Goddess, Poli’ahu is dressed in a white skirt and top symbolizing a mantle of snow on the mountain. Her hair is adorned with a white tiara and silver crystals much like the icicles on the summit of Mauna Kea. Poli'ahu also wears white crocheted panties and matching shoes adorned with crystals. Crystals inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.


Poli'ahu 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. Poli'ahu has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.
'Io is made out of brown synthetic fur and feathers. The eyes are black crystals. The beak is hand molded out of clay.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.

Poli'ahu and I'o are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Poli'ahu and ‘Io reflect the majestic Mana of Mauna Kea.