Symbolizes: Protection over land and sea
Before Christianity was brought to the Polynesian Islands, the Polynesians worshiped the great spirit they called Manaia.
They believed Manaia lived in the sky, and was known as the protector.
They created and carved the head of a bird and a tail of a fish to represent Manaia’s protection over land and sea.
Therefore wherever they traveled they wore their carvings of Manaia.
It was known to all that Manaia will watchover and protect them.