Hi’iaka, Cradled in the Arms of Pele

No Hi‘iaka nō he inoa ‘eā
In honor of Hi‘iaka

Pele Hi'iakaHi’iaka is Hawaii’s patron Goddess. She possesses the power to heal and the truth of vision. Hi’iaka is worshipped for her Hula and many dances have been dedicated just to her. She also is the favorite youngest sister of Pele, Hawaii’s famous and feared Volcano Goddess.

It is said that Hi’iaka was born in Tahiti by the great Earth Mother Haumea in the form of an egg. Pele lovingly carried her sister in her armpit on the long canoe ride from Tahiti to Hawaii. Hi’iaka is therefore often called Hi’iaka i ka poli o Pele, which means “cradled in the armpit of Pele”. At long last they reached Pele’s new home on Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. There Pele nurtured Hi’iaka in the beautiful Ohia forest until she hatched.

Goddess Pele creates the land with molten fiery hot lava. Hi’iaka blesses the land with rain and creates soil, trees and life with her healing Mana (spiritual energy). Together the sister Goddesses ensure that the growth and life of the land continues.

Ohia TreeHi’iaka’s beloved Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow directly out of the hardened black lava. It signals the completion of one cycle and illuminates a new beginning. Hi’iaka lives in a sacred grove of Ohia trees where she spends her days dancing with the Akuas (spirits) of the forest.

One famous legend tells of Hi’iaka’s precarious journey to Kaua’i where she was sent by her sister to bring back Pele’s lover, Lohi’au. Pele asked Hi’aka to be back within 40 days and promised to protect her sacred Lehua groves and best friend Hopoe during that time.

But Hi’iaka encountered many obstacles on her journey: The landscape was treacherous, the weather hostile and deadly Mo’o lizards attempted to trap her. When she finally reached Lohi’au’s home on Kaua’i, he had committed suicide because of his longing for Pele. Hi’iaka was able to revive him with the power of her chanting and prayers.

Hi’iaka was armed with some of Pele’s Mana (powers), but she was still unable to complete the mission in 40 days. Pele, fearing that Hiʻiaka had betrayed her and was keeping her handsome lover for herself, was enraged. She destroyed Hiʻiaka’s sacred Lehua groves and killed her friend Hopoe, turning her into stone.

When Hiʻiaka returned, seeing her friend dead and her forest ravaged, she took revenge on Pele and made love to Lohiau right on the edge of the crater where Pele was sure to see them. Furiously, Pele covered the couple in waves of fiery hot lava. Hiʻiaka was unharmed, but Lohiau died. Hiʻiaka brought him back to life for the second time.

Pele regretted her actions toward her beloved sister’s Lehua groves and best friend. She decided to let Lohiau choose who he wanted to be with.

During their long and dangerous journey from Kaua’i, Lohi’au had come to love and greatly admire Hi’iaka for her bravery, loyalty, kindness and beauty. He chose her for his wife and took her back to Kaua’i with him.

Hi’iaka connects our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). The reality of our outer lives is often the result of what we carry in our hearts. Hi’iaka teaches us to focus on our higher purpose. If you choose wisely, you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities.

Goddess Hi’iaka’s divine Mana inspired the creation of Menehune Dolls, Hi’iaka and Lohi’au.

Hi'iaka 2Hi’iaka and Lohi’au

Birth Date: ʻOkakopa 15, 2014 (10/15/14)

Onaona i Kahala me Ka Lehua
He Hale Lehua no ia na Ka noe
Aloha e, Aloha e

(Fragrant with the breath of Hala and Lehua
This is the sight I long to see
Greetings, Greetings)

The sacred drumming of the Ipu (gourd) echoes across the ‘Aina (land) as Hi’iaka and Lohi’au dance and chant with the Akuas (spirits) of the Ohia Forest.
The Menehune Ohana (family) watches in awe as the harmony of Ipu, Hula and chant attunes them to spirit and gladdens their heart.

Hi’iaka and Lohi’au connect our hearts and actions with Aloha (love). Focus on your higher purpose, choose wisely and you will grow, flourish and blossom in unlimited possibilities.

Hi'iaka 1Hi’iaka and Lohi’au are Menehune Mahoes (twins) and inseparable. Tutu (grandmother) is their Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher). She taught them the powerful chants and movements of the Hula.

Tutu sewed Hi’iaka’s dress and Lohi’au’s Malu (loincloth). She crocheted matching shoes and panties for her Mo’opunas (grandchildren). Tutu also wove Lohi’au’s Ti Leaf lei and Hi’iaka’s yellow feather Haku (head lei) and wrist leis. In Hawaii Ti Leafs are used for protection and purification. The Hulu (feather) represents spiritual strength, unity and love. It is believed to link to the divine. Last Tutu stuck a beautiful red Lehua flower behing Hi’iaka’s ear. Lehua means ‘Flower sacred to the Gods’.

Hawaiian gourds grow on a vine. Tutu picked the most beautiful of the Ipus for Lohi’au. She cleaned, polished and decorated it with a Ti Leaf lei. It became Lohi’au’s most treasured possession.

All these precious things were Tutu’s gifts of Aloha (Love) to her Mo’opunas.

Hi'iaka 4Hi’iaka and Lohi’au are about 3.5” tall fitting in the palm of your hand. The bodies are made out of stretch cotton. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Hi’iaka and Lohi’au have tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and belly buttons.
All accessories were individually handcrafted.


Hi'iaka 3Hi’iaka and Lohi’au spend their days in the sacred Ohia forest playing, dancing and chanting, honoring the Akuas. Often their big sister, Pele, comes down the mountain on the hardened lava flow to join her beloved brother and sister in their delightful games and dances.

Hi’iaka and Lohi’au are one of a kind display dolls handcrafted by Hawaiian Dolls. They come with their story and a certificate of authenticity.

Hi’iaka’s and Lohi’au’s Mana attunes us to the spirit of Aloha.