In ancient Hawaiian religion, KANALOA was a god
of the ocean, and certain types of healing, crafts and other
cultural practices. In legend he was a companion to KANE, the
creator god. As such he also had the ability to cause freshwater
springs to gush forth from solid rock when he struck it with his
In the esoteric tradition KANALOA represented a state of total confidence, or what in modern terms could be called "inner authority." In Hawaiian culture, hair is a symbol of thought. On this KANALOA figure the hair is piled high on top AND does extends all the way to the ground. This symbolizes the integration of imagination and memory, or the integration of body, mind and spirit.