Way of the Warrior

During my 35+ years in Hawaii, I’ve been fortunate to meet and photograph many knowledgeable and dedicated people in the Hawaiian community. One of these is La‘akea Suganuma. He’s not only president of the Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Arts and descendant of Mary Kawena Pukui, but also a senior practitioner of lua—a form of ancient Hawaiian martial arts—and a master craftsman who creates finely carved and polished spears, shark-tooth war clubs and other weaponry modeled in the ancient Hawaiian style.

In this image published in DK (Dorling Kindersley)’s, “The Way of the Warrior,” a book detailing martial arts’ systems throughout the world, La‘akea and his son demonstrate a lua fighting stance.

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6 thoughts on “Way of the Warrior

  1. cool. Nice layout


  2. Very cool.

    By the way, is your header/banner image taken at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul?? Just curious. I think I’ve seen it somewhere…


    • Thanks, Steve, and you are dead on. It was at Topkapi Palace. I had to wait for the ginormous crowds to thin out before we could take a few shots. You must have been to Istanbul, yes?


      • Indeed I have. Beautiful city! The Middle East is my favorite place to traipse around (I’m currently in Pakistan!) (Also awesome!!)


      • Lucky you. I’d love to travel around like that. Your blog is awesome and I will definitely follow. If you’re interested, I have already (in my short, 2-week blog life) written 3 posts on Turkey with lots more to come, including Cappadocia, which I love.


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