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ʻAʻama Nui: Guardian Warrior Chief of Lalakea

ʻAʻama Nui is the first book in a new architectural book series for children and is available in English and Hawaiian language. ʻAʻama Nui is published by Moʻo Studio.

Moʻo Studio celebrates the culture, stories and history of Hawaiʻi while inspiring and educating keiki about creativity, design, and architecture. Indeed influenced by the often playful and always protective nature of the moʻo (lizard), the name of the studio was chosen more to reflect a desire to engage in a deeper understanding of moʻo, particularly lineages. Moʻo Studio invokes our legacies of moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies), moʻolelo (stories), moʻokaʻi (journeys), and moʻowaiwai (valued practices) as a means to share stories of our beloved island home.

Proceeds from ʻAʻama Nui  will help support the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation and the WCITFOUNDATION.



Hawaii Book Publishers Association – 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award

Children’s Hawaiian Culture – Honorable Mention



2014 Historic Hawaii Foundation

Preservation Honor Award


2012 AIA Honolulu Award: Unbuilt Category

A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects


Written and Illustrated by WCIT Architecture. Moʻo by Dr. Pualani Kanahele & Robert K. Iopa