Who doesn't think of a luscious, refreshing pineapple when you think of the tropical fruits of the islands? Although not indigenous to the Hawaiian islands, it is said that the pineapple represents prosperity, sweetness of life and well-being. What a perfect charm to symbolize the serenity of spending time in paradise and being able to take it with you as a fond memory.
Sea Star "Small" - iki (or li'i) pe'ape'a. With their beautiful radial symmetry, these "stars" of the Hawaiian waters, both large and small, truly and literally form the shape of the sea. Sea Stars live fascinating lives that deserve a much closer look for their contribution to the health and maintenance of marine life in the ocean world. ss/rhodium.
"Seahorse" - mo o lio. The miraculous Seahorse! Wahines unite! The only species in which the male becomes pregnant and carries their young until birth. Known for mating during the romance of the full moon, they often utter musical sounds while changing brilliantly beautiful colors in the process. ss/rhodium.
Shell - "Cone" - Pupu or iwi. A popular shell among collectors, the living Cone Shell can be a tough find as they are well camouflaged and are usually buried in the sand. The amazing Pupu's are well known for their powerful sting and for such an underwater deceptive beauty, they can be lethal to their prey. Cone Shells are famous for their varying degrees of coloration and intricate patterns, making them a well sought after prize to many, but to the Hawaiians they are a treasure and a gift to the pristine island waters and marine life. ss/rhodium.
Turtle - Honu - (Turtle with Band Underneath saying HONU - ss/rhodium). The sea turtle represents wisdom and if you are lucky, are the friendliest, most docile creatures you'll encounter in Hawaiian waters. Their engaging and playful, yet peaceful demeanor will leave you with a breathtaking, lifelong memory and a true island experience. Hawaiian legend tells of how "honu" were the guides that led the very first Polynesian voyagers to the uninhabited Hawaiian Archipelago. ss/rhodium
Turtle - "Petro" Petroglyph - ki' pohaku or ki'i honu (draw turtle). The petroglyphic honu or "ki' pohaku" of the ancient native Hawaiians has always held special meaning to the islanders. The simple sketch symbolizes the natural navigational abilities of the honu to always find it's way, or act as a guide as it did for the voyagers who discovered the Hawaiian islands long ago. The turtle, with it's endurance and determination will swim hundreds of miles to its own birthing place to lay its eggs. ss/rhodium
Turtle "Swirling" - 'au honu (Swim Turtle). The serene ancient sea turtle's graceful swimming motion is reminiscent of floating on air. Their effortless movements with the ebb & flow of the tides is hypnotic to watch, while at the same time reveal the sea turtle's powerful strength to maneuver in strong currents. Honu, worshiped by ali'i, chiefs & Hawaiian monarchy, mirrors the health of the sacred island chain and represents the ever present spiritual grace within the Hawaiian culture and the island ocean waters.
Whale "Breaching" Humpback Whale - lele kohala (or palaoa), (Leap or Jump Whale). "Humpback" whales, referring to the high arch of their backs when they dive, are renowned for their acrobatic displays which are believed to be related to courtship or playful activity. ss/rhodium.