Immersed in Island culture while a Marine stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Derwin Umali, a Filipino American artist, weaves together myriad personal and cultural experiences to create his art under the tag, "Mano." Blending vibrant non-traditional colors and spunky serpentine and geometric lines, he creates contemporary pieces that honor the traditional indigenous artists of the Pacific Rim. Using modern urban industrial construction techniques, Mano designs vector files from a collection of pencil drawings, then creates from layers of laser cut wood for his pieces.  Imbued with themes of the ancestral spirits of Oceania, these reinterpretations are a synthesis of various kindred influences; ancient Pacific Island shamans, contemporary Maori artists, urban street art, the Chicago house music scene and imagery from visionary realms.