Luau today to launch reprint of Maui memoir

The Haiku Living Legacy Project will offer first copies of the reprinted book “Holoholo to Wen I Wuz” by the late Louis Baldovi, during a traditional luau from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at the Haiku Community Center.

The book, first printed in 2008, paints of picture of boyhood life in East Kuiaha around Libby Cannery in the 1930s to 1950s.

Baldovi’s storytelling is flavored with memories of Filipino cockfights, Japanese O-bon festivals, Haiku School maypole dances, and the 1946 tsunami.

He offers tales of night fishing at Honomanu, facing the outbreak of World War II, and befriending 4th Marine Division soldiers.

The luau will feature music of Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i, who will accompany hula danced by the Kaunoa Hula Halau of Aunty Lucky Cabral. There also will be a historical presentation by Lucienne de Naie called “Haiku Through the Centuries” at 11:45.

Tickets for this event are $25. All proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit The Haiku Living Legacy Project, devoted to preserving the visual and oral history of Maui. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call Tim Wolfe at 575-7474.