Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Koko, Hawaiian Blood

Koko (Hawaiian Blood)

The Hawaiian meaning of ‘Koko’ is blood. But Koko is not about the blood that runs through our veins. Koko is the Aka (umbilical) cord that connects us to the Wao Akua (realm of the Gods), Aumakuas (ancestral spirits) and the ‘Aina (land). 
Hawaiian identity lies in a genealogical relationship with the ‘Ike (knowledge), Ikaika (strength) and Mana (spiritual energy) of the Aumakuas (ancestral spirits). Hawaiians believe that the strength of their ancestors lies within them. They embrace the Kuleana (responsibility) of caring for the land and being a reflection of their Kapunas (teachers). They believe that their Pono (goodness) will reflect upon their descendants. The Koko channels these energies.

Koko Head Crater is one of the most popular landscapes on Oahu’s south shore.

The old Hawaiian name for Koko Crater is Kohelepelepe, which means 'labia minor' in the Hawaiian language.

Koko, the Hula Dancer, was created in honor of the meaning of Hawaiian Blood.

Koko (Hawaiian Blood) 
Birth Date: 'Apelila 20, 2017 (04/20/17) 

Koko’s dance inspires us to awake, move forward and persevere, 
to live in faith with intention, determination and courage. 

Ma’ema’e ke ‘ala e holo ala 
E ala mai, E naue mai, E noke mai e 

Clear the path to move on 
Awake, Move, Persevere 

The divine beat of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) as Koko gracefully performs the ancient Hula. With strength and agility he moves in harmony to sacred Hawaiian chants. In Hawaii Koko means 'blood' and represents the Aka (umbilical) cord that connects us to the Wao Akua (realm of the Gods), Aumakuas (ancestral spirits) and the ‘Aina (land).

In the Aloha (compassion) spirit, the Lōkahi (unity) spirit, and the Pono (righteousness) spirit, Koko honors the gods, tells stories about Aumakuas (ancestral guardians),the sacredness of life and respect for all things with his dance. The Menehune Ohana (family) loves to watch. 

Koko's Hula is wonderful! It contains a magic that conveys the spirit of Aloha. 

Koko’s Tutu (grandmother) wove her Mana (spiritual energy) and Aloha (love) into her Mo’opuna Kane’s (grandson’s) turquoise Hulu (feather) head, wrist and ankle leis. Tutu made Koko’s traditional grass skirt and added many white conch shells. In Hawaii the Hulu and conch shell invoke blessings of the divine.

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

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

Koko’s dance honors the sacredness of life.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hawaiian Volcano Nativity Scene

One of a Kind Volcano Theme Hawaiian Nativity Scene

Ho'ano Ohana - The Holy Family:
Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu, Pua'a

The 3 Holy Kings and the Shepherd:
Kakapala, Ali’i, Malama, Kahu and Hipa

Standing in a precious Hawaiian volcano theme coconut crèche, Malia (Virgin Mary) lovingly watches over her baby Iesu (Jesus), who is contently nestled in his nut cradle. Iokepa (Joseph) lights the crèche with his Ti Leaf flame torch to announce the birth of Iesu, the greatest of all blessings.

Malia’s hair is adorned with a sacred Ohia Lehua hairpiece. Iesu, Iokepa and the coconut crèche are wearing a red halo of the Hawaiian Hulu (feather) lei, which is believed to link to the divine.

Pua'a, the pig, Honu, the turtle and Pueo, the owl have gathered to adore the sweet baby.

The 3 Holy Kings, the Shepherd and his Lamb come to celebrate the birth of Baby Iesu. Each of them bears Ho'okupus (gifts) to honor the sacred event.

Kakapala (Caspar) gift to Iesu is a precious little Ohia tree, the first form of life to grow out of the hardened lava..
Lighting the way with his Kukui Nut torch, Ali'i (Melchior) brought a secret treasure wrapped in Ti Leaves.
Malama (Balthasar) offers a sacred flame of Kilauea Volcano in a black lava bowl..
Kahu, the Shepherd, brought Hipa, the Lamb, to warm Iesu in his sleep.

Malia, Iokepa, Kahu and the 3 Holy Kings are about 3” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. Iesu is about 3/4" tall. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto their faces. All dolls have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.

Pueo's, Honu's and Hipa’s bodies have been crocheted with embroidery thread. Pua'a is sewn out of faux fur.

Some dolls and animals are pinned and or glued to the coconut crèche.

The coconut for the crèche was selected from palm trees at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It is hand carved, sanded, polished, and fit to a custom coconut husk base.

In the Aloha spirit of Hawaii, all dolls, animals and accessories were intricately handcrafted with the greatest love and respect for this sacred event.

Malia, Iesu, Iokepa, Pueo, Honu, Pua'a, Hipa, Kahu and the 3 Holy Kings are one of a kind collectible display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with a certificate of authenticity.

Treat yourself to this Holy Ohana (family), the 3 Holy Kings, the shepherd and animals
 and bring the Aloha spirit of the Islands to your home!