Next time its taco Tuesday at your house, try these octopus tacos or as the locals would call them, Tako Tacos. Most people in Hawaii associate Tako (Japanese for octopus) with poke. But if you really consider yourself a food adventurer, your next taco needs to be a Tako Taco!
Native Hawaiians believe that past ancestors take on life forms found in nature. A common physical embodiment of an ancestor or aumakua, is an Octopus. The Hawaiian name for octopus is Heʻe. Hawaiians believe the the heʻe are good luck and is associated with the ancient god, Kanoloa.