Steve Haweeli
Steve Haweeli

Steve Haweeli, founder and president of WordHampton Public Relations, died August 23 from complications of COVID-19. He was 68.

The former bartender at Nick & Toni’s restaurant launched WordHampton in 1992.

The East Hampton shop grew into one of the biggest PR firms on Long Island’s East End.

Nicole Castillo, executive VP at the firm, called Haweeli an incredible mentor who lived life to the fullest.

She is “honored to continue his legacy as the owner of WordHampton” and plans to build on the successful groundwork that he had put into place.

Haweeli was an avid reader, traveled to more than 30 countries, loved jazz, rooted for the New York Yankees, liked to cook, swam daily weather permitting at Maidstone Beach and began painting in 2007.

His contemporary abstract works in oil and acrylic appeared in local galleries.

He is survived by son, Ned; and cousins Ellen and John Haweeli.

The family suggested that donations in Haweeli’s name should go to the Springs Food Pantry, 5 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton, NY 11937 or