The great fish-hook of Māui is called Manaiakalani and it is baited with the wing of Hina’s pet bird, the ʻalae. Māui is said to have created Hawaii’s islands by tricking his brothers. He convinces them to take him out fishing, but catches his hook upon the ocean floor. He tells his brothers that he has caught a big fish, and tells them to paddle as hard as they can. His brothers paddle with all their might, and being intent with their effort, did not notice the island rising behind them. Māui repeats this trick several times, creating the Hawaiian Islands.
Photo taken at: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort