Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tala, Moana's Grandma

Tala

There is a first time for everything and this was the first time I got a special order to create an older woman in the image of Tala, Moana's Grandma. It had never occurred to me before to make a doll as an older person, but it was so much fun and I absolutely fell in love with Tala.





Tala, the Storyteller

Moana's Grandma 



Birth Date: ʻOkakopa 10, 2017 (10-10-17)



 Tala is devoted to the concept of being true to yourself and listening to your heart.

Spirited and independent, Tala is the keeper of the ancient stories. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of her heritage and culture.

Tala is Moana’s beloved and respected Grandma. They both have a special connection to their greatest teacher, the ocean, which bonds them even closer.


Tala's greatest pride and concern is the well-being and happiness of her family.



Moana conveys empowering messages of faith and courage. 

Tala and Moana inspire us to believe in ourselves and persevere.


Tala is quite old and needs the help of her cane for walking.
She wears a grass skirt and an outer skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching pants. Her third outer skirt is decorated with a tapa design. Tala wears white earrings. Her  neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace.

Tala is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.

All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Tala is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Tala reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. 
She is ready to be your new friend and charm her way into your heart.

Available on special order!
Contact: menehunebabies@gmail.com 


Friday, October 6, 2017

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: ʻOkakopa 6, 2017 (10/06/17)

Connect with Poli’ahu’s Mana and learn how to be victorious over 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 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 often reveals his miraculous powers and loving concerns to Poli'ahu. He appears whenever Poli'ahu calls on him, but 'Io also comes on his own at important times of change, when he knows that his advise is needed. Poli'ahu greets him with love and respect. 'Io gently chirps sweet songs and secret messages in Poli’ahu’s ear, guiding her even deeper into her place of inner stillness.

Together, Pele, the Volcano Goddess, Poli'ahu, the Snow Goddess and 'Io, the Hawk 
worship the Akuas (spirits) on Mauna Kea.

Like the Hawaiian Snow Goddess, Poli’ahu is dressed in a white dress symbolizing a mantle of snow on the mountain. Her hair is adorned with a silvery white tiara 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.
Her doll stand with 'Io, the Hawk is handcarved out of drift wood and a little bit clay. It symbolizes the hardened black lava on Mauna Kea. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Poli'ahu is a one of a kind collectible display doll handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Laka, Hawaii's Hula Goddess, Giver of All Things

Laka, Hawaiian Hula Goddess

E Laka ē, hoʻoulu ʻia. 
O Laka, inspire us. 

Laka's Mana is Ho'oulu (making to grow). Following Laka's inspiration transforms hula into a magnificent dance.

Hula is an essential part of life in Hawaii. Hula is a sacred ritual, a form of worship, a spiritual practice and discipline. Respectfully the dancers follow strict traditions when they pick the plants for their costumes and the Hula Kuahu (altar). Laka is also Goddess of the forest. Her Mana inspires the forest to grow and thrive. Honoring Laka, we humbly ask her permission before we enter the sacred forest and pick the plants.
Each plant enforces the connection between Laka and the dancer.

To invoke Laka's inspiration, the Hula Kuahu (altar) and dancer are adorned with her Kinolaus (many forms):
Maile symbolizes the umbilical cord which ties the dancer to Laka.

The wood of the Lehua tree is male and Lehua, the flower is female. They create a union between the masculine and feminine and 'allow the two to dance'.

Pili, the clinging grass is placed on the altar, so that all of Laka's Ha'awinas (lessons) will cling to the dancers.

The sweet smell of 'Iliahi (sandalwood) inspires the performance of the dancer as well as the audience.

The spirit of Laka dances through the dancer. The dancer and Laka become one, dancing inspired hula.

Laka means gentle, docile, attract. Many legends tell about Laka's fruitfulness. She is often referred to as the Goddess of Love. As the 'Giver of All Things' ancient chants ask Laka to attract love and wealth.


Mele Kuahu 
Altar Prayer

E Laka ē 
O Goddess Laka

Pūpū weuweu e Laka ē 
O wildwood bouquet, O Laka

E Laka i ka leo 
O Laka, queen of the voice

E Laka i ka loaʻa 
O Laka, giver of gifts

E Laka i ka waiwai 
O Laka, giver of bounty

E Laka i nā mea a pau. 
O Laka, giver of all things.

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The island of Molokai is said to be the birthplace of hula. According to legend, Laka journeyed through the islands, sharing the dance with all who wished to learn. Her graceful movements channeled spiritual meaning and brought to life the history, traditions and genealogy of the Hawaiian people.

Laka gave birth to the Hawaiian hula on the sacred hill Puu Nana in Molokai. It is said that the remains of Laka herself were secretly hidden beneath this hill.

Laka's inspiring Mana teaches us many valuable Ha'awinas (lessons). A truly great performance in any area of life is the result of a person's discipline, positive feelings, and Aloha spirit.

The enchanting Mana of Hawaii's Hula Goddess inspired the creation of Menehune Girl Laka.

Laka, the Hula Goddess
(Rising Sun and Compassion)
Birth Date: Kepakemapa 28, 2017 (09/28/17)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.

Laka connects our hearts and actions with Aloha.
Focus on your higher purpose, choose wisely and you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities!

The sacred drumming of the Ipu Heke (gourd drum) echoes across the 'Aina (land) as Laka dances and chants with the Akuas (spirits) of the Ohia Forest.
The graceful movements of her hands and body tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and the traditions of the Hawaiian people.
The Menehune Ohana (family) watches in awe as the harmony of Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.
Laka's name means compassion. She is named after Hawaii's Hula Goddess.

Laka's Mana (spiritual energy) attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.

Laka's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful chants and movements of the Hula.
Tutu handcrafted the traditional green hula skirt and coconut shell top for Laka.
Tutu wove a green and yellow feather Haku (head lei), ankle and wrist leis for her granddaughter and wrapped a long white conch shell necklace around her neck. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

Laka is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii. Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.
All accessories are individually hand crafted.
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.


Laka is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Laka reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. 
She is ready to be your new friend and dance her way into your heart.


Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life (6 years and older).
Huggable Hawaiian Art Dolls are adorable and lovable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, they will reward you with their unconditional Aloha (love).


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Like My Sister

Jenehune, Nene and Honu

A friend recently asked me to create a doll in the likeness of his sister, who has short hair and loves the Nene Goose and Honu. This was the first time I ever attempted to do something like this. It became a fun and inspiring project.


Jenehune
Nene and Honu
Birth date: Kepakemapa 15, 2017 (09-15-17)

Jenehune, Nene and Honu celebrate Hawaii's Aloha spirit.

Jenehune, Nene (Goose) and Honu (Turtle) have all the time in the world!
Together they meander through the beautiful forest in the Ka'u Mountains cherishing all they see, hear, and feel. Baby Nene quacks and waddles along happily. Little Honu is resting contently on Jenehune's arm.
Wonderful and exciting things keep happening! Everywhere they go they are greeted with kindness and abundance: the sun warms their bodies, the birds sing their most beautiful songs, flowers open to embrace them with their sweet scent.
When they are hungry food appears on their path, a crunchy green leaf for Honu, a big yellow Mai’a (banana) to share for Jenehune and Nene. The small mountain stream offers cool, fresh to quench their thirst.
Jenehune, Nene and Honu honor the Akuas (spirits) of the enchanting forest.


 Jenehune, Nene and Honu remind us
that there is always more than enough time to fulfill all desires.

Nene and Honu are Jenehune’s Aumakuas (guardian spirits) and the three of them are inseparable. Jenehune is deeply connected with the ancient wisdom of Honu and Nene.
In Hawaii the Honu represents long life, safety, peace, and good luck.
Nene means to cherish. The Nene Goose enhances the life and spirit of Hawaii.

Jenehune's Tutu (grandmother) lovingly wove her traditional green hula skirt and sewed a bright yellow bikini to wear with it. Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Jenehune's red flower and green feather 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.
Last Tutu stuck a beautiful yellow Plumeria flower behind Jenehune's and Honu's ear.
All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).

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

Jenehune, Nene and Honu are one of a kind display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls.

Jenehune's, Nene's and Honu's cheerful Mana (Spiritual Energy)
 brightens up the day with love and laughter.



The special gift of a doll in the likeness of who you choose is available 
on special order.

Contact: menehunebabies@gmail.com 






Monday, September 11, 2017

Aloha Doll Ornaments


Aloha Nui Loa (with lots of love)

Aloha Dolls radiate the magical spirit of Hawaii to all who are around them.
Aloha Dolls are one of a kind ornament dolls who were individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
They are a miniature simplified version of the collectible Magical Hawaiian Menehune Dolls. Aloha Dolls are about 3" tall. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face giving each doll a unique personality. Aloha Dolls are made to be handled with love and care. They are not suitable as a child's toy.
They are hung from an invisible loop to add their enchanting grace to any tree and embrace your home with the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.

Aloha Dolls are a wonderful gift to people close to you or to yourself at any time of the year. 


Allow Alohi to bless you with her love.

Alohi (Love) has long brown hair. She wears a green hula skirt with a green feather Haku (head lei) and a pink bikini. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Hoku embraces you with peace and harmony.

Hoku is a little flower fairy with green leaf wings. She wears a pink and white flower dress with a pink Haku (head lei) and a Plumeria flower in her ear. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Pele radiates strength and passion.

Pele is named after the famous Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. She wears a red dress with a volcano design and a yellow flame Haku (head lei). All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Mahina invites you to enter her sacred space so that your beauty can unfold 
like the precious blossoms of the Plumeria Tree.

Mahina is a little flower fairy with green leaf wings. She wears a blue and white flower dress with a green Haku (head lei) and a Plumeria flower in her ear. All accessories were individually handcrafted.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kahunas from Hawaii

Creating a 4" and a 10" Menehune witch combining colors, dress codes and accessories pertaining to Hawaii challenged my imagination. But here they are:

Ivy and Amelia, the Hawaiian Witches
Birth Date: 'Aukake 30, 2017 (08-30-17)

Ivy's and Amelia’s magical Mana (spiritual energy) casts blessings of Aloha.

It’s Halloween in the Menehune village! There is so much excitement in the air!
Halloween is Amelia's favorite time of the year. This year, Ivy and Amelia are dressed up as little Kahunas (witches).

They carry their Pala'ais (pumpkins) and zoom on their brooms to the Menehune Ohana (family) casting blessings and magical spells of Aloha (love) upon everyone they meet.
Ivy's and Amelia’s happiness is contagious and in no time all the Menehunes wear big smiles on their faces, sharing their favorite Halloween treats, Mai’as (bananas) and Kahikis (pineapple), with each other.

Ivy and Amelia are little Kahunas (magicians) of joy!

Ivy's and Amelia’s Tutu (grandmother) made their Halloween costumes. Tutu sewed black capes and pointed hats out of black spider web material. Then she sewed orange skirts and matching tops. The color orange symbolizes joy and sunshine and matches Ivy's and Amelia's mystical spirit.
 Tutu wove green and yellow flower leis which Ivy and Amelia wear around their hips and hats. Tutu crocheted their pointy black witch’s shoes and decorated the tips with small black crystals. She also crocheted the Pala'ais (pumpkins), and embroidered a face onto them. Then Tutu gave Ivy and Amelia orange Plumeria flowers to put behind their ears and 2 magical kitchen brooms, because a witch just has to have a broom.
Ivy's and Amelia’s witch costumes were Tutu’s gift of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas (granddaughters). They loves to wear it. It makes them feel like a real little Hawaiian Menehune Kahunas.

Ivy and Amelia are one of a kind Hawaiian Art Dolls. Every bit of them has been lovingly handcrafted, to create new friends who will last a lifetime.

Ivy and Amelia bring you the magical spirit of Hawaii. 
They are ready to be your new friends and zoom their way into your heart.












Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opihi, the Power of Thought

Opihi
 Birthdate: 'Aukake 20, 2017 (08/20/2017)

Follow Opihi and let your thoughts become the seeds of 
what you wish to harvest!

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

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 Kuku (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 Kaukini (cousin), Pu and his Honu (Turtle), 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 come Pu and Honu and the fun begins!


 Opihi’s Tutu (grandmother) polished the most beautiful Opihi shell and put it on her Mo'opuna Kane's (grandson's) head to protect him from the blazing sun at the beach. Tutu crafted and blessed his Opihi shell amulet. She also sewed his blue Malu (wraparound) with a Hawaiian reef fish. 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.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pele's Fire

Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
Birthdate: 'Aukake 12, 2017 (08-12-17)

Pele offers her strength and passion to remind us that life’s fiery eruptions and emotional upheavals often clear the path for positive transformations.

Aloha e Pele! (Greetings, Pele!)
The Menehunes clap their hands, jumping up and down with excitement as soon as Pele emerges from the sacred Ohia forest.
Pele always brings the most fascinating news about the flaming spirit of Hawaii’s Volcano Goddess hurling fiery ribbons of lava down the mountain slopes, giving birth to new rock formations and land.

Pele carries a Pahu (staff) with a flame of Kilauea Volcano
surrounded by fragrant Maile leaves.
The flame embodies the light of spirit, knowledge and life.

Gifted with a passionate spirit, Menehune girl Pele was named after Hawaii’s Fire Goddess.

Pele’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Pele's Maile Haku (head lei). Tutu also sewed Pele’s red volcano dress which reflects the lava flow down the mountain slope.
She crocheted black panties and matching shoes. All these things were Tutu's gifts of Aloha (Love) for her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


Pele’s abundant black hair cascades down her back like the lava flow on the mountain slope.


Pele 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. Pele has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.
Pele is a one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. She comes with her story and a certificate of authenticity.

 Pele blesses you with her flame of Kilauea Volcano.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ola, a Celebration of Life

Ola (Life)
Birth Date: 'Aukake 8, 2017 (08/08/17)

Aloha Mai
I come with love.

Ola's Hula honors the miracle of life.
Join her in a celebration of life’s joys and abundance!

Celebrating the glorious magnificence of life, Ola dances the ancient Hawaiian Kahiko Hula. The beautiful movements of her hands and body tell stories about the wonders of nature, the creation of the world and the traditions of the Hawaiian people.

Ola's Hula attunes us to spirit and gladdens the heart.

Ola's Tutu (grandmother) is her Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught her the powerful movements of the Kahiko Hula.
Tutu also hand crafted the traditional hula skirt and coconut shell top. Tutu wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into Ola's green feather and yellow sweet smelling Puakenikeni 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.
Last Tutu wrapped a precious sea shell necklace around Ola's neck and stuck a beautiful yellow and orange Plumeria flower behind her ear. All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her beloved Mo’opuna Wahine (granddaughter).


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

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


 Ola's dance honors the sacredness of life.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Moana inspired Island Princess Art Doll

Moana (Ocean)
Birth Date: 'Aukake 4, 2017 (08-04-17)

Moana conveys empowering messages of faith and courage.
She inspires us to believe in ourselves and persevere.

Moana is named after her best friend and greatest teacher, the ocean. Vibrant and adventurous, she reflects faith, determination and courage.

Moana carries the sacred conch shell, which leads her to the heart.
Moana wears a grass skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching pants. Her outer skirt is decorated with Plumeria flowers and a belt matching her top. A white conch shell lei is wrapped around her top. Moana's neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace.
Moana is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. All accessories are individually hand crafted.


Moana is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Moana reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.
She is ready to be your new friend and charm her way into your heart.


Welcome to the enchanting world of Huggable Menehune Dolls!

Huggable Menehune Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life.
Huggable Menehune Dolls are adorable and lovable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, they will reward you with their unconditional Aloha (love).
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.



Friday, July 28, 2017

Lehua, Flower Sacred to the Gods

Lehua
'Flower Sacred to the Gods'
Birth Date: Lulai 21, 2017 (07/21/17)

Lehua invites you to enter her sacred space so that your beauty can unfold like the precious blossoms of the Hawaiian Ohia Tree.


Oli Aloha
Onaona i ka hala me ka lehua
He hale lehua no ia na ka noe
O ka`u no ia e `ano`i nei
E lia`a nei ho`i o ka hiki mai
A hiki mai no `oe
Hiki pu no me ke aloha
Aloha e, aloha e

Fragrant with the breath of hala and lehua
This is the sight I long to see
Of this, my present desire
Your coming fills me with eagerness
Now that you have come
Loves comes with you
Greetings, greetings

Lehua is named after the beautiful flowers of the indigenous Hawaiian Ohia Tree, which is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. Lehua, means "Flower sacred to the Gods" in the Hawaiian language.

Lehua wears a blue sundress with red Lehua flowers and white Plumeria Flowers. Her white sandals are decorated with pink crystals. Her Lauhala hat protects her from the sun and is surrounded by a red feather lei. Lehua's neck is adorned with a heart shaped crystal necklace. She carries a white Plumeria flower as a gift to you.

Lehua is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.
All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Lehua is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Lehua is ready to be your new friend and charm her way into your heart.

Huggable Menehune Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life (6 years and older).
Huggable Menehune Dolls are adorable and lovable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, they will reward you with their unconditional Aloha (love).
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.

Available on special order!
Email: menehunebabies@gmail.com





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mahea, Goddess of the Surf

Mahea, Goddess of the Surf
Birth Date: Lulai 16, 2017 (07-16-17)

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

Mahea's best friend and greatest teacher is the ocean.

When the surf is up, Mahea 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.
Mahea 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. Mahea 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. Hani 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! Mahea is a Goddess in the surf!

Mahea wears a red bikini with a turquoise sea star crystal on her top. Her Lauhala hat protects her from the sun and is surrounded by a turquoise feather lei. She carries her brown wooden surfboard decorated with an ocean scene of the Hawaiian Islands.

Mahea is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
Her body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face.
All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Mahea is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of her has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime. 

Mahea reflects the spiritual powers of the Hawaiian Waters.
She is ready to be your new friend and surf her way into your heart.

Welcome to the enchanting world of Huggable Menehune Dolls!

Huggable Menehune Dolls are made for the young at heart and meant to bring their magic into your and your children's life (6 years and older).
Huggable Menehune Dolls are adorable and lovable little creatures. If you hanai (adopt) them, love them and take care of them, they will reward you with their unconditional Aloha (love).
Each doll is an original design and comes with a booklet and a certificate of authenticity.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kimo, the Ukulele Player

Kimo, the Ukulele Player

Birthdate: Lulai 12, 2017 (07/12/17)

Kimo’s music illuminates life with joy and happiness.

The delightful sound of Kimo's Ukulele echoes across the Aina (land) accompanying his songs about the Menehune Ohana (family), Hawaiian animals, the forest, the ocean, and the stars in the Universe.

Kimo reminds us that there is always more than enough time to fulfill all desires.
His cheerful Mana (Spiritual Energy) brightens up the day with love and laughter.

Kimo wears a red and white Lava Lava (wraparound) with a white Honu (turtle) in the front and a green feather lei. A Lauhala hat protects him from the sun.

Kimo is a 10” tall cloth doll who was individually handcrafted on the Big Island of Hawaii with the greatest love and respect for all that is Hawaii.
His body is made out of doll skin and stuffed with high quality poly fill. The body is wired for flexibility. The legs are jointed. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. All accessories are individually hand crafted.

Kimo is a one of a kind Hawaiian Art Doll. Every bit of him has been lovingly handcrafted, to create a new friend who will last a lifetime.

Kimo reflects the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. He is ready to be your new friend 
and sing his way into your heart.























Friday, July 7, 2017

Miniature Moana and Maui

Moana and Maui
Birth Date: Lulai 7, 2017 (07-07-17)

Moana and Maui convey empowering messages of faith and courage.

Moana is named after her best friend and greatest teacher, the ocean. Vibrant and adventurous, she reflects faith, determination and courage.
As an expert seaman and navigator, Maui's strength is reflected in his shark tooth necklace. With his magical fishhook Maui discovered fire, lassoed the sun, lifted the sky and hauled the Islands up from the sea.
In this story mischievous Maui and spirited Moana are true friends from the heart. Combining their Mana (spiritual energy), the two of them feel invincible and are ready for adventure to preserve the higher good of all.

Moana wears a grass skirt with a red, yellow and brown top and matching pants. Her outer skirt is decorated with Plumeria flowers and a belt matching her top. A white conch shell lei is wrapped around her top. Moana's neck is adorned with a magical seashell necklace.
Maui wears a leaf skirt and a shark tooth necklace. His upper arms and ankles are tatooed.

Moana and Maui are about 4” tall, fitting in the palm of your hand. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Moana and Maui have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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


Moana and Maui inspire us to believe in ourselves and persevere.





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Waipi'o, Valley of the Kings


Waipi'o Valley, the beautiful
Cliffs surround it
The sea on one side
The cliffs are hard to climb
Not to be climbed
Are the sea cliffs

Old Hawaiian Chant

Waipiʻo Valley, a place of indescribable beauty and great historical significance to the Hawaiian people, is the southernmost and largest of the seven windward valleys in the Kohala Mountains.
Waipi'o valley is deeply cut into the mountain, sheltered by cliffs up to 2000 feet.

Beautiful wild horses roam the Valley. Waterfalls and flowers cascading from the walls of the cliffs and a spectacular black sand beach perfect the sheer beauty of this Eden-like Valley.

Waipiʻo means curved water in Hawaiian. It was once home to early Hawaiian Ali'is (rulers). Many of their ancient burial caves can be found in the steep sides of the cliffs. According to legend, a section of the beach called Milu is the traditional doorway to the land of shadows.
Many myths, chants and songs originate from Waipiʻo.

Menehune Boy Waipi'o was created in honor of this divine Valley.

Birthdate: Lulai 4, 2017 (07/04/17)

Waipi'o’s music illuminates life with joy and happiness.

Named after the divine Valley of the Kings, Waipi'o sits happily in his driftwood chair at the beach playing his Ukulele. Nai'a (dolphin,) his Aumakua (guardian spirit), is curled around him perfecting the Mana (spiritual energy) of peace and happiness.
The delightful sound of Waipi'o's Ukulele echoes across the Aina (land) accompanying his songs about the Menehune Ohana (family), Hawaiian animals, the forest, the ocean, and the stars in the Universe.

Waipi'o reminds us that there is always more than enough time to fulfill all desires. 
His cheerful Mana brightens up the day with love and laughter.

Waipi'o’s Tutu (grandmother) sewed his blue ocean Malu (wraparound) and crocheted green underwear and matching shoes. Last she wrapped a white conch shell necklace around his neck and made sure he wears his Lauhala hat to protect him from the sun.
The Ukulele was Kuku’s (grandfather’s) gift of lasting love and Aloha to his beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson). It is Waipi'o's most cherished possession.

 
Waipi'o is about 4” tall, fitting in the palm of your hand. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Waipi'o has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button. All accessories were individually handcrafted.

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

Waipi'o channels the Aloha spirit of Hawaii.