Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hiapo, my first Hawaiian Doll!

I'd like to introduce you to my first Hawaiian doll.  Her name is Hiapo (hee-ah-poe), which means first-born in Hawaiian.

As you can see, she has a genuine grass skirt, a lei, pearl earrings, and a tropical flower in her hair.  You can't see it in this photo very well, but she is wearing a bikini under her skirt and lei.

I decided to make her because my Sister Cat and Brother-in-law Cat just recently moved to Hawaii, and I kept thinking, hey, I should make a Hawaiian doll.  My Sister Cat helped me choose just the right name, since I know no Hawaiian at all!

Here's Hiapo standing in front of a photograph taken by Sister Cat of a beautiful beach in Hawaii.  Hiapo seems to be ready to walk right out onto the sand!

-  Momma Cat


  1. Wow! She's totally adorable! I love the sense of movement you've created with her arms. You're such a talented doll artist--great job! xo Jennifer

  2. Thanks Jennifer! You are so sweet. You make me feel really good about my craft. You are a good friend!

    - Momma Cat

  3. Cute doll! I like the lei, what did you make it out of?

    1. Thanks! I made it out of little artificial flowers which I removed from their stems and then strung on a couple of strands of upholstery thread.

      - Momma Cat