Since time immemorial, tattoos have played a major role in the heritage and history of almost every culture around the world. Choosing the right tattoo design is a very essential part of the tattooing process, and one needs to only look at the popularity of tribal tattoos to know that this is a style of designing that is here to stay.
Since there are various tribes, a particular tattoo or symbol will have more than one meaning behind them. Most of the designs are being preferred as tattoos, finding their exact meanings may be difficult. Which is why, if you're searching for designs that have deep-rooted meanings behind them, you may have to do an extensive research. You can search for books on Polynesian tattoos and cultures and/or consult an experienced tattoo artist who has lived in the islands and has studied the art of tattooing.