KAHULUI The public is invited to a Maui Community College literary event showcasing Valley Isle native Wayne Moniz and his collection of tales, "Under Maui Skies and Other Stories" (Koa Books, June 2009, $14.95).
The event will unfold from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Pilina Multipurpose Room with first-year students, faculty members and the author discussing "Aunty Becky's Tavern" from the book.
The gathering is part of the new One Book, One Community Project designed to promote literacy, connectedness and "a lively, intellectual conversation based on a shared reading experience," organizers said.
Pupu and beverages will be served.
The One Book, One Community initiative was the brainchild of MCC assistant professor Chuck Carletta. The program provided "Under Maui Skies" free to all first-year students at the college.
Author Moniz has written 14 plays, including "Kamapua'a: The Exploits of the Pig God," "Pele and Hi'iaka: Sisters of Fire" and "'Iao: Where We Walk Through Rainbows." He is the recipient of the 2005 Cades Award for Literature.
An educator, Moniz graduated from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in English and communications; holds a master's degree from UCLA in theater arts and film, and was named 1995 Maui Teacher of the Year.
The San Francisco Chronicle called Moniz's book "one of the most engaging works of fiction to come out of Hawaii in a long while."
A follow-up discussion on the book will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the MCC Learning Center. For more information, visit www.undermauiskies.com.
*This article includes a correction from the original published on Sunday, September 13, 2009. It did not have the date of the event. The Maui News apologizes for the error.