The Ola Collection – Tako (He’e, Octopus)

Ola has many meanings in Hawaiian, among them are life, health, well-being; alive, living; heal, survive, thrive. Each design in the Ola Collection is inspired by something that sustained and helped the Hawaiians thrive.

Octopus was important in old Hawaii in many ways – for a start, Hawaiians believed that the he’e, along with all water dwellers, are good luck. But more importantly, He’e are aumakua – spiritual guides. The lessons of the he’e aumakua are tied to flexibility, intelligence, and a multifaceted nature. Additionally, according to Hawaiian legend, our current universe is only the current one of a long series of universes, and he’e are the only remnant of the previous universe. To top this impressive resume, octopuses are widely acknowledged to be the most intelligent of invertebrates, with both long and short term memory, and are masters of camouflage. (also see the Hohonu Shop for more octopus designs)


  • night octopus earrings

    Bijou Night Octopus Earrings

  • Night octopus necklace GOLD close 2

    Bijou Night Octopus Necklace

  • AK octopus necklace gold I

    Delicate Octopus Choker Necklace

  • Octopus arm ring

    Delicate Octopus Ring

  • Roomy tote He'e octopus I - flat

    Roomy Shoulder Tote Bag – He’e Octopus I

  • Roomy tote He'e octopus II

    Roomy Shoulder Tote Bag – He’e Octopus II

  • octopus ear cuff 2

    Sculpted Octopus Ear Cuff

  • AK octopus climber earrings vertical

    Sculpted Octopus Earring Climbers

  • ola tako gold bangle

    Sculptural Ola Bangle – Tako Octopus

  • silver octopus cuff

    Undulating Sculpted Octopus Cuff Bracelet