Each purchase includes a 12 piece wooden ānuenue stacker as well as the book, Mele No Ka Waihoʻoluʻu aka A Song for the Colors and Flowers of Hawaiʻi. There is also the option to add on an additional paperback book, Colorful Hawai'i by Hikina Designs, for even more Hawaiian color learning.
Our ānuenue stacker is made from solid poplar wood. Each rainbow is cut from a single board into 12 bows and measures approximately 14" by 7" by 2.75". Each of the 12 arcs is stained with certified non-toxic dyes before being sealed. They are sanded to just the perfect “velvet” wood finish making them grippy enough to stick when stacked, but not so scratchy that are unpleasant to the touch.
The book, Mele No Ka Waihoʻoluʻu aka A Song for the Colors and Flowers of Hawaiʻi is written in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi as well as English (dual language on the same page) and teaches about the colors and pua you can see around the islands. It also comes with a free download of the song performed by the author, Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett.
These wooden ānuenue are handmade in the 'ili of Pūkele, Pālolo, Honolulu, Hawai'i making each toy just as unique as each ānuenue in the sky. All wood toys have naturally occurring grain, mineral deposits, knots, and other markings that make them special. The ānuenue stacker is stained to celebrate the natural qualities of wood. The handmade nature of these items results in measurements that may be variable by fractions of an inch. We hope you love how perfectly imperfect they are as much as we do.
While we aim to use the highest quality wood and non-toxic paint and finishes, this item has not yet been tested to comply with Child Product Safety Compliance Standards. Children should be supervised at all times when playing with this item. Recommended for children ages 3+.
This open-ended toy is limitless in its play possibilities. Each bow can be stacked in a multitude of ways, nestled, or arranged to bring your keiki's imagination to life. It can be used as tunnels, ramps, and structures during play.
Ānuenue are important in Hawaiian culture. They are seen as omens from the akua and could be a positive or a negative sign. In Nānā i Ke Kumu, Mary Kawena Pukui writes, "The rainbow right in front of one could mean ʻGo back. There is danger ahead.ʻ Or it might mean that somebody close and loved is going to die. Or that an aliʻi (member of nobility) had died and is rejoining his aumākua. Or that some kind of separation is going to happen. Or, a rainbow appearing just as a baby is born could mean this is an especially blessed baby."
** Free Doorstep Delivery on O'ahu - Saturday, December 5 **
If you are on O'ahu and order by Friday, Dec. 4th, you may choose free local delivery as your shipping method. We are doing one day of hand delivery to all areas of O'ahu and will personally drop off your order.