He puko‘a kani ‘aina.
“A coral reef (hardens/strengthens/sounds out) into land.”
In their travels around the Pacific, the Hawaiians would pass by many coralheads which the navigators would mark in their memories and pass on their apprentices. Eventually they would notice these small coralheads would grow into a full islands and so comes the advice that we can’t expect to be full-blown successes right away, often we start small and over time, like a coralhead, we will mature and be successful.
Source: ‘Olelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui