The Hawaiian turtle has come to symbolize many things, including navigation, long-life, protection, guidance and perseverance. Hawaiian legend claims that the "Honu," or Hawaiian sea turtle, symbolizes guidance and navigation because sea turtles guided the first Polynesians to the Hawaiian islands.
Other myths describe the sea turtle as Kailua, a giant sea turtle who would turn into a woman to protect children playing on the beach, thus earning the symbolism of protector. The sea turtle's ability to swim many miles to return home symbolizes good luck, guidance and faithfulness. Across various other cultures, turtles represent strength, security and stability due to their protective shell.