Maui author Wayne Moniz will hold a book signing for "Beyond The Reef: Stories of Maui in the World" at Barnes and Noble in Lahaina on Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m.
He will read from his new book and be joined by guest musicians James Presbitero and Jes' Us, and Keiki of Na Pua o Kapiolani Hula Halau.
In his first book, "Under Maui Skies and Other Stories," Moniz wrote seven tales about his Maui home. In this new book, the prize-winning author introduces eight new narratives. Like all his previous works, the Maui native has based these stories on the people, events, and issues of Hawai'i, with the aim of preserving its rich past.
Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Available from Punawai Press and Amazon Books
This time some mo'olelo occur beyond the Valley Isle. The new settings--Hawai'i Island, O'ahu, California, and even Europe--are all, nevertheless, anchored in the writer's birthplace.
As in his former anthology (2010 Readers' Choice Book of the year by the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association), each yarn is of a different genre--ghost story, comedy, crime, a Western--and this time, several new types, including a tragedy, an inspirational story, a coming-of-age tale, and a sports reminiscence.
Born and raised on Maui, Wayne Moniz has taught writing on all levels. He has been named the "Dean of Maui Playwrights," by The Maui News. In 2005, he received the Cades Award for Literature, Hawai'i's most prestigious writing prize, for his body of work that includes 13 plays, numerous short stories, screenplays, poetry and lyrics.