The symbols originate from ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology.
1) According to Hawaiian mythology, the Turtle (Hanu) Goddess, Kauila was empowered with the ability to turn herself from a turtle into human form and would play with the children along the shoreline and keep watch over them. The People of Kau loved Kauila as the guardian of their children and also for her spring that gave them pure drinking water".
2) In Polynesian mythology, Pili is the gecko-god, and was considered an ancestor of many Polynesian peoples. He is the special totem (patron) of the people of New Caledonia.
Pili in Hawaiian means "to bind" and is the name of a native grass used to thatch structures.
3) Hawaiian mythology contained numerous shark gods. They believed that sharks were guardians of the sea, and called them Aumakua.
• Kamohoali'i - The most well known and revered of the shark gods was the older and favored brother of Pele, and journeyed with her to Hawaii. He was able to take on all human and fish forms. A summit cliff on the crater of Kilauea is considered to be one of his most sacred spots. At one point he had a he'iau (temple or shrine) dedicated to him on every piece of land that jutted into the ocean on the island of Moloka'i.