The pure generous spirit of dolphins provides protection and guidance. Dolphins trust their instincts and intuition rather than, as many humans do, over thinking things.
Sailors believe the sight of dolphins to be a good omen. Dolphins have been known to save people from drowning and shark attacks.
Mahimahi, another name for dolphin in the Hawaiian language, means very strong. Dolphins in the wild are strong and fearless. When sharks or orcas threaten them, they don’t hesitate to fight instead of trying to flee. They represent strong moral convictions and self-confidence, reminding us to speak our minds and stand our ground rather than hide our true selves.
Dolphins also are believed to be the sacred resting place for the souls of the deceased.
Dolphins live peacefully with other species, including humans. Their gentle nature inspires us to look for the good in everyone and strive to bring peace to our lives and those around us.
Dolphins welcome us into their world, and invite us to swim with them into the unknown. They are intelligent friends who exemplify qualities we value-- cooperation, harmony, peace, joyfulness, health, beauty, wisdom, grace and, above all, unconditional love. Dolphins fill our minds with visions of freedom, encouraging us to attain many life-enhancing qualities.
The enchanting Mana of the dolphin inspired the creation of Nai'a, the Menehune Sailor.
Nai'a follows the dolphin's graceful movements, as they lead him deeply into the peaceful, spiritual realm of the Pacific Ocean.
Nai’a and his Kuku (grandfather) made his Wa’akaukahi (Outrigger Canoe) together. Walking through the forest they started following the native forest bird who selected the tree they would use to build the canoe. After Nai’a and his Kuku finished carving the Wa’akaukahi, they built the sail which has a design of 2 dolphins playing in the ocean. The dolphins on his sail give Nai’a the greatest comfort. They remind him that, if he should ever get lost at sea, he can call on his Aumakua, the dolphin, who always, without fail, comes to guide Nai’a safely back to shore.
All these things were Tutu’s and Kuku's sacred gifts of Aloha (Love) to their beloved Mo’opuna Kane (grandson).