KAHAMI

Name: Kahami
Full Name: Unknown
Age: Late twenties
Base of operations: As of 1954, Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Executive assistant, Byrd Investigations; former cocktail waitress
Known relatives: Leila Rose (sister, deceased), Auntie Chan (deceased)
First appearance: HAWAIIAN DICK #1
Created by: B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin

Bio: Kahami was working as a cocktail waitress at a Honolulu club called the Outrigger when she first met Byrd (circa 1953). Eventually she realized that Byrd was involved in a case that revolved around her missing sister, Leila Rose, and her fortune telling Auntie Chan. At the resolution of this initial case, she joined Byrd as his “executive assistant” when he set up his own office as a private investigator.

While working for Byrd, Kahami tends to his schedule and paperwork, and often seems more concerned about Byrd’s clients than he does. Byrd and Kahami’s relationship seems to be platonic, but she did have a brief romantic encounter with Carson Chang, a pilot with the Screaming Black Thunder fighter squadron.

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JACKIE KARMA

Name: Jackie Karma
Real Name: John Carmichael
Age: Thirtysomething (circa 1976)
Occupation: Street fighter; former attorney
Base of operations: New York City
First appearance: ’76 #1
Created by: B. Clay Moore & Ed Tadem

Bio: Jackie Karma was raised by an order of fighting monks called the Sabaki Boys, evidently having been ordained the “Golden Lion,” or Chosen One, at a young age. At some point in the mid-sixties, Karma deserted the order and partnered with street fighter Marcus King and judo master Bobby Howler to form a loose crimefighting partnership. After Howler left the team for Viet Nam, Karma and King carved a niche for themselves as New York City’s premier street fighters. At some point in the late sixties, Karma and King retired to lead normal lives. Jackie, in his “real” identity as John Carmichael, became a successful attorney. Some years later, in 1976, word that a homeless Bobby Howler had encountered an old foe (Gil Gunn) brought Karma and King out of retirement, evidently for good.

Skills: Jackie Karma is a well-trained martial artist, but his particular skill set seems to be a mixture of a variety of disciplines. Karma often executes moves that defy characterization, frequently accompanied by colorful descriptive names.

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BYRD

Name: Byrd
Full Name: Unknown
Age: Thirtysomething
Base of operations: As of 1954, Honolulu, Hawaii
Known relatives: Danny Byrd (deceased), Mike Byrd
First appearance: HAWAIIAN DICK #1
Created by: B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin

Bio: Not much is known of Byrd’s life prior to his arrival in Hawaii. He was formerly a detective on a metropolitan police force, and at some point was evidently forced to kill his younger brother, Danny. Presumably, these events led him to Hawaii, where his wartime companion Mo Kalama is a detective on the Honolulu Police force. Byrd seems shaken, if not broken, by his Stateside experiences.

As of 1954, Byrd is working as a private investigator in Hawaii, with the assistance of his friend Mo and a former cocktail waitress named Kahami. Over the course of his investigations, Byrd has often been faced with what appear to be the living embodiment of Hawaiian myths and legends. He has demonstrated a reluctance to use a gun, but doesn’t mind punching people. Or drinking.

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