Hawaiians believe that the he’e, along with all water dwellers, are good luck. The he’e is associated with the ancient ocean god, Kanaloa.
From the book “Te Wheke” by Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Pere: “...The head represents the child and family. Each tentacle represents a dimension that requires and needs certain things to help gives sustenance to the whole. The suckers on each tentacle represent the many facets that exist within each dimension. ...The dimensions need to be understood in relation to each other, and within the context of the whole.”