HONOLULU - Maui author Wayne Moniz has won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Hawai'i Book of 2009 for "Under Maui Skies and Other Stories.
Sponsored by the Honolulu Advertiser, the award was presented April 30 at the Ka Palapala Ho'okela Awards at Honolulu's Bishop Museum hosted by the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association.
In the book according to a release, Moniz "presents seven tales of his island home, each in a different genre: love, detective, adventure, war, science fiction, and ghost stories, and a Western."
Born and raised on Maui, Moniz has won previous prizes including the Cades Award for Literature, both as a writer and teacher on the high school and college level.
The book is the 10th title for Koa Books, founded in 2005 by Arnie Kotler and based in Kihei.