HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This morning we were fortunate to have an interview of Maui author and playwright Wayne Moniz has a new book called "Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War."
It's a fictional book that follows his character Mo`ikeha (Pukoko), who is a boy from Maui who from childhood is a waterbaby. He builds and sails his own canoe. He works on steamships between the islands. Finally, he signs up to take the first sugar cane from Lahaina to California. The captain of the ship refers him to Admiral Montgomery and Mo`ikeha signs up to makes some money and becomes involved in the Battle for New Orleans with David Farragut. He was captured and, like Henry Pitman from the Big Island, spent time in Libby Military Prison, the second worst to Andersonville. His desire to return to Lahaina drives him on to the East Coast to New Bedford, where he hopes to take a ship home.
Wayne did a lot of research including talking to decesendants of those who did go to the Continental United States and reading Hawaiian language newspapers of the time.