Gene Parola, the author of Lehua, Ka’ao a ka Wahine [Lehua, The story of a Woman]: A Hawaiian Noblewoman Comes of Age at a “Changing of the Gods.”, and Deborah Bond-Upson of Awesome Stories have commissioned me to paint Lehua. Above are my early thumbnails for the project. The final paintings will be included in a second print of the book and also online at Awesome Stories. We are also currently looking into whether to include these thumbnails throughout the book.
Lehua’s story is about the shift from Hawai’i’s native religion in favor of Christianity and the place of this fictional young leader in that period of cultural transition. I highly recommend it. It’s compelling, romantic, very historically accurate, and a good read for young adults. Click the image below and you’ll be taken to first edition of the downloadable book on Amazon.com.