The fish hook A symbol is said to represent prosperity and safe travel over water. The Hawaiian fish hook necklace is commonly known as Makau. As its design suggests, symbolizes a connection between the wearer and the ocean. Energy, strength, prosperity, abundance, and good luck.
Since the ancient Polynesian livelihood was very much dependent on the ocean waters, so the fish hook necklace signifies a deep respect and love towards the oceans. It's a clever design because it incorporates both the fish and fish hook motif into one design. Traditionally Polynesian were very reliant on the bounty they caught from the sea to survive. It constituted a large amount of their daily food needs and with it Maori flourished as a people. Maori had a very strong connection to Tangaroa (Kanaloa in Hawaiian), god of the sea and attributed this abundance to him.