COURTESY LISE MCGREW
Surrounding Cadena Arreola Viloria at her 100th birthday Sunday were emcee Maurice Morita, left, daughter Elsie McGrew, son Ely Viloria and state Rep. John Mizuno.
Loyal reader celebrates her 100th birthday
Cadena Arreola Viloria, who made desserts at Waioli Tea Room and the UH-Manoa cafeteria before retiring, celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday with family and friends at Salt Lake's Aliamanu Intermediate School cafeteria. Cadena credits her longevity to "reading the Star-Bulletin newspaper every day (I love this intelligent woman), fruits and vegetables and keeping the Lord first," according to her granddaughter, Lise McGrew.
Lise said her grandfather, Gregorio Viloria,
who died at 97, and her grandma came to Hawaii in the 1940s soon after World War II. He came here to work at Paia sugar mill on Maui and wound up as groundskeeping supervisor at UH. Cadena taught English in the Philippines. She was a liberated woman early on who used to roll her own cigarettes, according to Lise. Lise is a Maryknoll and USC grad and is principal administrative analyst at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. State Rep. John Mizuno
delivered a proclamation for Cadena from the Legislature and she also received a proclamation from Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
She lives with her daughter Elsie McGrew,
Lise's mom, in Kamehameha Heights ...
It's not too early to make arrangements to attend former Police Chief Lee Donohue's Kick Start Karate fundraiser scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Bayer Estate. Kick Start is a worthy program founded in 1995 by Lee and former Waipahu High educator Amy Abe to provide activities to combat juvenile delinquency and youth gang membership; promote the education, guidance and physical well-being of youths; foster a positive atmosphere among students, parents and family members; and provide leadership-building skills for students. More than 700 youngsters have gone through or are enrolled in the program. Food for the Aug. 31 event will be provided by Alan Wong's, Roy's, Alanzo's and Hong Kong Harbor View and other restaurants. Drinks will be provided by Better Brands and Anheuser Busch. No one goes home hungry. Call Leanne Williams, 286-8831, for tickets priced at $150 ...
Multitalented Willie K is holding a concert July 25 and 26, 6:30 p.m., at Roosevelt High Auditorium to raise funds for musical instruments, athletic equipment and communication and art supplies. It's the grand opening of the renovated auditorium. Call concert chairwoman Donna Walden at 595-3120 for tickets ... Yoko Oki, a former personality on Japanese radio stations in Hawaii, is the recipient of the Pan-Pacific Festival's Silversword award this year. The award is presented to those who spread traditional Japanese culture throughout the islands and the world ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Ely Viloria’s first name was misspelled as Eli in the caption that ran in this column, and he is 100-year-old Cadena Viloria’s son, not her nephew as was listed.
, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things in our Hawaii. E-mail him at email@example.com