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.

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