Friday, July 22, 2016

Kanaloa, Hawaiian God of the Ocean

In Hawaiian mythology Kanaloa is the god of the ocean and the ocean winds. He is one of the four major gods of Hawaii: Kane, Kanaloa, Ku and Lono. Kanaloa was strongly connected with Kane, the creator of all life. When the people in old Hawaiians built a canoe they would invoke Kane's blessing for the building and Kanaloa's for its sailing.
On their journeys together Kanaloa and Kane would share the sacred drink of 'Awa (drink of the gods). Striking the ground with their staffs they caused hidden springs of fresh water to burst forth.

Ki'is (statues) show Kanaloa wearing a headdress that touches the ground connecting the conscious and unconscious mind, integrating the upper and lower selves.
Statues of Kanaloa feature him with round eyes, unlike those of any other representations of the gods.

Eye of Kanaloa

According to a Kauai tradition, if you could look into the eye of Kanaloa you would see the symbol of Pono (goodness) and be healed. Kanaloa is a healer god. One of his Kinolaus (forms) is the He'e (octopus), which was believed to make sickness flee.

Ka-na-loa means 'grounded'. 
Kanaloa reminds us that a solid foundation brings security, strength and healing.

The great Hawaiian healing Ocean God inspired the creation of Menehune Kanaloa.

Birth Date: Lulai 21, 2016 (07-21-16)

Kanaloa offers a solid foundation of security, strength and health.

Kanaloa plays happily at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach with his sister Aniani.

The ocean and the beach is where Kanaloa feels at home. After all he is named after the great Hawaiian Healer God of the Ocean. Kanaloa is filled with Pono (goodness) and possesses the Mana (spiritual energy) of healing. 
The He'e (octopus) is his Aumakua (guardian spirit), whose messages come to him in visions and dreams. Kanaloa always follows He'e’s guidance and advise. He knows that it will lead him and his Ohana (family) to health and happiness. 
Kanaloa's Kukui Nut Ihoiho (torch) is the shining heart of truth and love. According to ancient Hawaiian beliefs Kukui represents the inner light of spirit shining brightly.

Kanaloa’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Aloha (love) and Mana into her Mo’opuna Kane’s (grandson) Maile lei. Maile is the lei of eternal love. Tutu also sewed his lava lava (wraparound) out of ocean blue cotton. Last Tutu drew Kanaloa's Aumakua, a red He'e on the lava lava to invoke blessings and protection.
Kanaloa and his Kuku (grandfather) made the Ihoiho (torch) out of bamboo and Maile leaves. They fueled it with Kukui Nut oil. Kuku blessed the Ihoiho with Hawaiian salt and special prayers. It is sacred now. The Ihoiho was created for Kanaloa and only he is allowed to touch it.
All these precious things were Tutu’s and Kuku's gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).

Kanaloa 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. Kanaloa has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.

Kanaloa is a one of a kind display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. He comes with his story and a certificate of authenticity.

Kanaloa channels the Mana of healing.

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