The meanings of some common Hawaiian symbols include beauty and sunshine for the hibiscus flower, and good luck and long life for the green sea turtle. Other symbols are circles, the fish hook pendant and the rainbow. Each represents a particular energy when worn or worshipped, according to Hawaiian tradition.
The Makau fish hook pendant symbolizes prosperity and strength. The pendants are usually made of wood or bone. The Bird of Paradise flower represents magnificence and joy while the orchid signifies beauty and refinement. The rainbow indicates transformation and is seen as a pathway to the afterlife. Circles denote sacred knowledge and a seamless life.