So, I wear a makau necklace, more commonly known as the fish hook necklace. My particular necklace looks like this:
I’ve worn one of these on and off for years. My dad first bought me one when I was fourteen and he visited Oahu for his grandmother’s funeral. It was a more traditionally styled one and I wore it for years before it finally broke on me.
My dad finally bought me a new one for my 25th birthday and I’ve worn it ever since.
And in all the years I’ve worn it, no one has ever known what the necklace was or what it represented before.
But today when I was at lunch, the girl that was taking my order smiled and said, “I really like your necklace. Is it the one from Moana?”
People are starting to recognize it as something from Polynesian culture and the ones who don’t, I now have the opportunity to ask, “have you seen Moana?” so that they have a visual idea of what I’m talking about when I explain it.
And that just makes me really happy.