This type of canoe was inspired by Herb Kawainui Kane’s illustration of The Story of Laka in his work Voyagers. The legend is about Laka, who builds a canoe to sail to a distant island to seek vengeance for his murdered father and enslaved mother. While sailing with his seven companions the canoe is attacked by demons and a giant squid. Laka and his men dispatch them all and rescue his mother. This story (and variations of it) is told across the Pacific and the canoe is a representation of the Marquesas Islands canoe.