The award-winning author of the 1965 classic "Lucky Come Hawaii" returns to his birthplace this week to speak, to present his latest play and to hold a book signing.
Maui native Jon Shirota, who lives in California, will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Okinawa Cultural Center, 688 Nukuwai Place in Waiehu. "Lucky Come Hawaii" was the first book by an Asian-American writer in Hawaii to become a national best-seller.
Event organizers will serve pupu at Thursday's lecture. For reservations, call the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai at 242-1560.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will stage his play "Voices From Okinawa" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the McCoy Studio Theater. The production - about a young Okinawan-American teaching English in Naha, Okinawa - was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and recently finished a successful Honolulu run. Tickets are $22; call the MACC box office at 242-7469 or send e-mail to boxoffice@mauiarts .org.
The University of Hawai'i Press and Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing have issued a newly revised edition of "Lucky Come Hawaii," which is about Dec. 7, 1941. The writer of two other books, Shirota will sign his works at Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe in Kahului from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The author/playwright has received awards from the John F. Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and other organizations.
For more information, see Web site manoajournal.hawaii.edu.