Aloha! My name is Minnie Lou Long and I am a doll collector. I have been collecting, studying, repairing, and loving dolls for more than 40 years. At present, my collection has over 3,000 dolls. My husband was in the Army for 22 years and we have lived all over the world. As a result, I have dolls from Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. And gathering them was so much of the fun! They come from flea markets, auctions, (in foreign countries that's an experience!) gifts and checking out other people's trash!
We have lived in Hawaii, on the windward side of Oahu overlooking Kaneohe Bay, since 2004. Here we have my studio, lots of dolls displayed, our doll repair hospital, and many, many reference books - over 550 volumes. The collection features dolls old and newer, internationals and such specialty collections as Raggedy Ann, Pinocchio, clowns, Santas, Berlin Bears, puppets and many others. Since moving to Hawaii, I have been focusing on Hawaiian and Japanese dolls. We participated for a number of years in the All-Hawaii Collectible Show where we periodically have a booth under the name of "Raggedylou's Dolls".
But here is the real purpose of this website:
We want to promote doll collecting and interest in doll activities on Oahu
Accordingly, if you are interested in doll collecting, doll making, buying and selling dolls, doll restoration, or learning more about their history and value, please look through our site to see how we are involved. Please also contact us by phone or email so that we can learn of activities that you know about and we can inform you of the ones that we know about. If you have a web site, we'd like to add a link to our links page.
Thanks very much; we hope you will enjoy the web site and come back often; our goal is to update it often and continue to add information and more photos.
Aloha and Mahalo!
Minnie Lou Long