The turtle or Honu, as it is called locally, has always had a special meaning to Hawaiians. It is depicted as a simple sketch of a turtle with its four flippers out as if swimming in the ocean, and a vertical line down its shell. The turtle also symbolizes the navigator that is able to find its way home time and time again, just as in real life, the green Hawaiian turtle will swim hundreds of miles to its own birthing place to lay eggs. At Sand and Sea Gift Shop in Paia you will find lots of beautiful, local crafts depicting the turtle as well as a selection of turtle carvings. Check them out, they are right next door to Hana Picnic Co.