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What does the turtle symbolize in the Hawaiian culture?

How many turtles are there in Hawaii?

  • In Hawaii there are three native turtles with the most common being the green turtle also referred to as Honu. The honu, or green sea turtle, has been an important Hawaiian symbol for as long as people have inhabited the Hawaiian islands.

Why are green sea turtles so popular in Hawaii?

  • Green sea turtles are seen as navigators who can always find their way home. Because of the sacred status of turtles in ancient Hawaii, only members of the royal family were allowed to eat them. According to many Hawaiian legends, a green sea turtle led the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii.

What is the meaning of the honu turtle?

  • The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is the only indigenous reptile found in Hawaii, but for Hawaiians, the Honu is a symbol of good luck in the form of a guardian spirit, or Amakua. The Honu pattern is depicted in ancient petroglyphs as well as in modern graphic form.

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