The design of Ke Ala O Ka Mahina reflects relationships. The relationship between the spiritual, natural, and human realms.
In Hawaiian culture, the mahina (moon) is an abode of the goddess Hina. And Kūpuna (ancestors) used the phases of the mahina as a guide to sustain life and maintain balance in the environment. Many people continue to rely on traditional Hawaiian knowledge as a guide for daily activities, including fishing and farming.