Saturday, June 25, 2016

Makani, the Winds of Hawaii

La'amaomao, Goddess of the Wind

Gentle and soothing to fierce and dangerous, the Makani (winds) of Hawaii possess great Mana (spiritual energy). Many ancient cultures regard wind as the highest expression of divine spirit. It sustains life, refreshes and purifies. We delight in its blessings, but at times also suffer its powerful wrath.

The ancient people of Hawaii had an intimate knowledge of the wind. They named at least 63 different kinds of winds, like:

Pu'uokona, the wind of Kuli'ou'ou,
Ma-ua, the wind of Niu,
Holouha, the wind of Kekaha,
Maunuunu, the wind of Wai'alae,
The wind of Le'ahi turns here and there,
'Olauniu, the wind of Kahaloa,
Wai'oma'o, the wind of Palolo,
Kuehu-lepo, the wind of Kahua,
Kukalahale, the wind of Honolulu

The wind taught the Hawaiians many of their exceptional navigational abilities. The people of old Hawaii were also inventors of the lupe (kite). The kite helped them to understand the relationship between the winds and the weather.

One legend tells about La'amaomao, Goddess of the Winds, who cared for the Ipu Makani (calabash of the winds), which was believed to contain the power of the winds. Eventually the demigod Maui came to possess the Calabash of the Winds.

Maui chanted:
"Open the calabash, set the winds free,
They will fly fast, across the wide sea.
My kite will dance with the shake and the shiver."

He lifted the cover of the calabash, and the winds, freed from their trap, rushed out and sailed toward the coast.
The winds whipped their way along river gorges and tore over the peaks. As they swept toward the river, they spotted the kite. To the winds, the kite looked like a monster. They rumbled toward it, eager to destroy the invader.
Maui stood upon the lava rocks, holding the cord of his kite with all his strength. The kite moved with the winds. It turned somersaults; it whirled and twisted, swirled and stretched. With each blow of the winds, the kite sailed higher, faster, its dance turning ragged and wild.
Maui's heart pounded with joy. He loved to match his strength against the powerful winds.
The kite struggled as the fierce winds attacked. Now the winds stirred up storms that rushed inland, and as waves crashed on shore, the winds climbed to the highest part of the sky.
High above the mountains, the winds gathered strength again and crashed violently against the kite, bending it backward and forward. The kapa was strong, and the kite did not tear, but even Maui strained holding his kite.
The winds were relentless, and suddenly the cord snapped and the kite tumbled over the volcano craters, somersaulting over mountain peaks.
But Maui was determined to win this contest. With one leap he crossed the mountains and reattached the cord to his bruised and battered kite, but this time, when the winds grew too wild, he brought the kite down.
Day after day he flew his kite, entertaining himself, until one day the people began to notice the dancing kite. They watched, dazzled by the dancing kapa, and after a while they understood that when the kite soared in the sky, the weather would be dry, the wind brisk but not too wild. On those days they rejoiced.
But when Maui's kite whipped this way and that, the people warned each other. "Maui's kite is in the heavens," they would say. On those days Maui tied his line to the great black stones that lay in the riverbed, and the people knew they must protect their homes from furious winds and the coming storms.
Maui taught the people the relationship between the winds and the weather and how this knowledge could be used to assist fishermen and farmers.
The people began to call him "Maui, whose kite foretells the weather".

Little Menehune Girl La'a was created in honor of the divine winds of Hawaii.

 La'a, Goddess of the Wind
Birth Date: Lune 25, 2016 (06-25-16)

Allow the fresh breezes of La'a to guide you towards your full potential.

It is a glorious summer day with the perfect wind for La'a to fly her beloved Lupe (kite). She runs along the beach with her black hair and white cape flying in the wind. Her kite is sailing, dancing, whirling and swirling in the air. It is so much fun! La'a could fly her Lupe forever.

La'a's name means 'Sacred'. She is named after La'amaomao, the Goddess of the winds.
La'a's  Amakua (guardian spirit) is the Hīhīmanu (sting ray). La'a's Kuku (grandfather) built her kite in the image of the sting ray in order to enhance La'a's connection to her Aumakua.

La'a’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into La'a's Maile Haku (head lei) and neck lei. Maile is the lei of eternal love. Tutu also sewed La'a’s white skirt, top and wind cape. She crocheted white panties and matching shoes. All these things were Tutu's and Kuku's gifts of Aloha (Love) for their beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

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

La'a is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

La'a reflects the divine Mana of the Hawaiian winds.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ku, Ancestral Hawaiian God of Heaven and Earth

I Ku mau mau
I Ku huluhulu
I ka lanawao

Stand up together
Haul with all your might
Under the mighty trees

Ku, God of prosperity, strength, healing and war, is one of the four major Hawaiian Gods.
Ku's personalities are the most diverse of all Hawaiian Gods.

As the God of War, Ku was also known as:
Kunui-akea - the supreme one
Kukeoloewa - the supporter
Kuho‘one‘enu‘u - pulling the earth together

Fishermen pray to Kuula for the blessings of an abundant catch.
A big boulder of lava in the Kau district of the Big Island represents Ku as Kumanuna, the Rain God.
In order to invoke Ku's healing Mana (spiritual energy), sick people would spend the night in the mountains close to the God.
Ku is the God of the upper forest and the Ohia Lehua tree.
Hawaiians would humbly and with great reverence pray to the powerful Ku for the blessings of rain.
Kupulupulu was believed to be the ancestor of the Menehune, the little people of the secret powers.

'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk

Ku sometimes appears in one of his Kinolau (many forms) as 'Io, the Hawaiian Hawk, to join the earthly realm of Hawaii. As the majestic bird soars through the sky, he bestows his blessings upon the people.

Ku is frightening and blood-thirsty, but also a generous and compassionate god. In old Hawaii the spirit of Aloha and Malama 'Aina (care for the land) assured the gods blessings of peace, prosperity, good health and abundance.

The magnificent God of many powers inspired the creation of Menehune Boy Ku and his big Ipu Heke.