ʻAumākua: Guardians of Hawaii, Vol. 1
Comic Book, Graphic Novel
The ‘Aumākua are a group of extraordinary people who have banded together to help protect Hawai‘i and its people. What if Hawai‘i had super heroes? In Hawaiian culture there are stories, myths, and legends of champions and demigods that roamed the islands long ago. What if heroes existed in the present day in Hawai‘i? How would they look like? How would they act?
‘Aumākua is a Hawaiian word. ‘Aumākua are protectors, ancestral spirits, family or personal gods. This story begins by explaining that the ‘Aumākua Guardians of Hawai‘i were formed when the first natives came to the islands to protect the land and its people. Now, in the present day, a new team has banded together to carry on the tradition of their predecessors. This is the first multi-cultural incarnation of the ‘Aumākua. The team consists of members of local people that are of different ethnicities and cultures
Christopher Caravahlo created Mana Comics in 2014 to celebrate ethnic diversity and showcase heroes from Hawai‘i. From an early age, Caravahlo dreamed of heroes he could identify with and always thought the idea of superheroes from the Hawaiian Islands would be NO KA OI (the best!).