Prior to the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778 and subsequently the missionaries in 1820, the Hawaiian people had a profound belief system that guided them in their daily activities. This belief system involved ‘aumākua, or family guardians. It was believed that when a family member would pass, they would sometimes return in the form of a shark, an owl, a hawk, and various others. As such, the Hawaiian people cared for their ‘aumakua & did not cause them any harm. These ‘aumākua provided guidance to family members in times of need & also forewarned of dangers to come. Many ‘ohana today still hold their ‘aumakua in high regard, for it is what connects us to our past and keeps us grounded.
The manō (shark) depicted in the Hui ‘Aumākua logo is representative of our founder’s ‘aumakua. The word “Hui” in the Hawaiian language means close friends, family or group of like-minded individuals striving for one goal. Hui ‘Aumākua figuratively seeks to bring the ‘aumakua of each and every ‘ohana that is a part of this organization together to protect and support the interests of our keiki. “Protect” to our Hui means taking care of our keiki and providing them every opportunity for success that arises through participation in baseball and other organized sports through loyalty, commitment and dedication.