A Turtle Legend
In Hawai'i, legend tells about a green sea turtle, Kauila, who could change herself into a girl to watch over the children playing at Punalu'u Beach on the Big Island. When Kauila dug a nest to lay her eggs, a fresh water spring surged upward, quenching the children's thirst. Kauila is the "mythical mother" of all turtles, and perhaps of Hawaiian children as well. It's also said that turtles were the guides for the first voyagers to Hawaii.... but, this one doesn't seem very eager to lead me anywhere!