The octopus is known in Hawaii as tako (Japanese) or he'e (Hawaiian). Like many other water creatures, the Hawaiians consider the he'e to be good luck. Spiritually they represent flexibility, great intelligence, and the mystical.
Hawaii has two common species of octopus: the small brown and tan "day octopus", or "he'e mauli", spends his days on the reefs while the resty-red, white spotted "night octopus", or "he'e-makoko" comes out only at night.
The octopus, or he'e, can be found throughout the waters of Hawaii. The he’e is good luck and seen as multifaceted, flexible, highly cognitive and mystical. Hawaiians believe that the he’e, along with all water dwellers, are good luck.
The he’e is often the symbol of Kanaloa, the god of the underworld and teacher of magic.