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Heinani’s Weblog has moved

Introducing our new web site and blogs

Now everything we create about Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle can be found in one place:

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HUNArt: Patterns of Love and Power


Spiders spin mandalas of sacred art

Opening portals to the unseen world

Ancient silken strings embrace magic


I spend a lot of time being aware of patterns. Patterns of man and place, nature and spirit, sight and sound. There are no limits to the patterns that connect us, as the sky against the earth.


Waves of movement in the patterns integrate the HU and NA

HU – Active – Straight Lines

NA – Still – Curves and Circles

HUNA – “Secret” Hawaiian Esoteric Knowledge


Hidden patterns though not secret

Inner knowing outward sight

Rising, swelling, quieting, calming

Merging left and right


When I create art I am centered in the present moment. Mindful of my every movement. My Piko Piko breath launches me into radiant patterns of love and power. Appreciating the harmony of my work, I send the healing forth to create new patterns in those that are influenced by my work.

Patterns Concentrate


Circles enhance the effects

Spreads and releases tension

Energy moves out to the edge

Wholeness through intention


Rays gather as lines direct

Energy moves inward

To a point increase the flow

As spokes direct it out


Curved and straight the line becomes

Squares and triangles hold power

Spirits travel in straight lines

Unable to turn corners


Symbols hold the magic of the form

Images held and yet unspoken

Thoughts direct the energy

On wavelengths pulse intention


Moving meditations as in the art of Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle help to open communication and bring into harmony Ku (memory), Lono (creativity) and Kane or Aumakua (inspiration).

I immerse myself into my art and emerge influenced by the healing that occurs within me.

The Art of Change

I scratch my Zentangle® with bamboo needles on the leaves of an autograph tree that grows in Hawaii. The leaves are thick and juicy and the lines turn to gold when first drawn. The process of watching a green leaf turn brown takes about a week and is a meditation in itself. If left in water they remain green longer and if left on the tree you can watch your art grow.

I embrace this expression of art that reflects Sabi or the beauty and serenity that comes with age and the process of change.

These Zentangles become my spirit friends who hold my prayerful intent.

Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle

Lois and Earl Stokes teach the art of Zentangle® and Hei Hawaiian String Figures They can perform HUNArt as a ho’oponopono or healing ritual with you. Bring back into harmony your relationships. Find healing within yourself, with others and with the environment. Contact them:

First published Aloha/Huna International

Zentangle® inspired String Figure Mountain

Sometimes there are mountains to climb. After the journey towards the sky, you pause and reflect upon the experience. Looking down upon the landscape below, do things look different now? Whispering Aloha with the message: The World Is What You Think It Is. Perhaps it is time to climb the mountain or sit on the moon and get a new way of looking at things.

The Trickster

The sun climbs out of the pit of night and travels more slowly. Maui, a trickster character, was said to have used his lasso to catch the legs of the sun so that there would be more daylight for his mother Hina to finish her work. This is the Hawaiian String Figure kipuka hele la Maui (lasso of Maui.)

I first made the string figure with a black loop of string and mounted it. I then tangled around it. Sending you blessings of success in all of the good work you do to help make this world a better place.

Ensemble Your Life

Small parts make up a whole. One smile can become many. One act of kindness can be multiplied and played forward. When the big picture looks too difficult to achieve. Start small. Take just one step and watch what happens. Change just one thing in your life and see the effectiveness of your actions all around you. Sending you blessings of change…”Just do it.”

Zentangle® inspired String Figure Umeke ai o Hina or poi calabash of Hina

Sending you the blessings of the Hawaiian goddess Hina. Goddess frequently connected with the moon. When gathering medicinal plants with their left hands, people prayed to Hina for success.

Zentangle® inspired “One Eye” String Figure

One Eye is a string figure made in Hawaii. This pattern brings you the blessing of the sun. Patterns made with diamond shapes are often symbolic of the stars. You can think of the sun as being the “one eye” up in the sky.

Learn how to make the string figure “One Eye”

The Art of Change

The one thing we can count on in life is change

Today a change was made that will have an impact on the rest of my life. The story started the day I stumbled upon a website created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. I was searching for all things involving string. To know me you will understand that I am all tied up in cat’s cradle, labyrinths, knotted cords, the making of leis. I am a storyteller and artist of the spirit whose medium is string.

It was natural for me to be curious about an art form that first involved making a string. I became enchanted with Zentangle. My husband who supports all of my musings bought me a Zentangle® Kit for Christmas. Little did we know how this was going to affect our lives.

I couldn’t stop making Zentangles and soon began combining this art with our healing work. Our spiritual and healing focus is expressed through HUNArt… the combination of art and the philosophy found on the islands called Huna.

I immersed myself in all things related to Zentangle®. Can’t tell you how many hours I searched the web. Going to sleep at night with tangled images floating through my closed eyes. My husband and I agreed to sign up for the May Zentangle® workshop given by Rick and Maria. We haven’t been off island in over 10 years and were excited by this new adventure.

As the time for the workshop came closer we were stressed by the thought that flying to Massachusetts from Hawaii would take us over 35hours. We felt that this would be too difficult a journey for our senior bodies. My husband and I reluctantly decided to cancel our registration for the class so that someone else could take our place. I began the process of releasing something that I had so dearly wanted.

Today Earl called Rick and made our cancellation. Then it happened. Earl hung up the phone and tears began to well up in his eyes. Earl who has not even made one Zentangle® to date was in anguish about not being able to attend.

We sat down and talked about this curious experience. I had to make sure that Earl was not feeling bad about disappointing me. Earl has his story to tell but the short of it was that his sadness came from something deeper. He felt a connection with kindred spirits and was so connected to what Rick had explained about the specialness of visiting their home and standing in the place where Zentangle® was created. (We had expressed to Rick that taking the class through the internet was a good idea or better yet we offered our beloved Hawaii as a good setting for a class).

Earl was moved by something we have yet to understand. We did an inner journey and decided to call Rick up and cancel our cancellation. When you make a change in just one thing, many changes appear. Sounds like Zentangling to me. The journey is unfolding as we speak. We are looking forward to meeting everyone attending the class and feel now, more than ever, that something very special is happening. The adventure continues…

Honu Zentangle® inspired

Whispering Aloha and sending you a healing blessing from Honu the Hawaiian Turtle. May you travel the stormy seas with awareness that All Power Comes From Within.

Learn how to make the String Figure Honu.

Honu (Turtle) Zentangle® inspired String Figure


Honu is a string figure that is made in Hawaii. We are all like the turtle. We come from many places over the horizon. Sometimes the sea is rough and we have to dive down deep for a container of salt…for a healing.

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