The makau holds the past while
grasping the thread of the future.   
In Hawaii it is the central philosophical
and spiritual symbol.   It symbolizes
the connection between heaven and
earth.

"Cast a hook in the ocean and partake
in the gifts from below....so we may be  
physically sustained on our life's
journey.  Cast a hook and  catch a star
in the heavens....so that we may
partake of the collective ancestral
wisdom and be spiritually sustained."

Sam Ka'ai, Crew Member
Hokule'a, 1980
THE MAKAU
(THE HAWAIIAN FISHHOOK)