Hei matau - Wikipedia

Meaning. The fish-hook shape of the hei matau means to know, which holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. Legend holds that the shape of Hawkes Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish's side on the beach.…

History of the Hook - Irishcarver

The Hawaiian fish hook was made to signify strength and prosperity. It was also used as a traditional tool in hunting and gathering food in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiians view the sea as a place of beauty and supply, and the fish hook, which is made from materials found in the sea, is meant to emulate these beliefs of self-sufficiency and ...…