My sisters and brothers left to right: Floyd, Bridget, Greg, Donna and Mason. We grew up in this beautiful and loving home pictured behind us. The ground we are standing on was once our family’s garden and area where we raised our chickens and rabbits. We also had a pig pen and what we called a “smoke house” on each side of our home. My dad often prepared “smoke meat” from the pigs we raised and pigs that my dad and brother Greg hunted. He also prepared “smoked fish” after a great day of fishing. My father, Clarence “Zombie” Souza worked for Hamakua Sugar Co. before he became an ILWU Business Agent. He also served on the Hawaii County Police Commission and the Hawaii County Planning Commission before his passing. My mother, Paciencia (Visaya–Dacanay) Souza, worked as a Day Care Supervisor at Brantley Center, a facility for adults with disabilities. She served as the Choir Director for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pa’auilo and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honoka’a before her passing. Community service is a family tradition, and it is in my blood. I humbly ask for your continued support for my re-election to the Hawai’i County Council.
Toasting with sparkling apple cider, mom and dad celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Mom was battling cancer during this time. She was a strong woman who taught us to never give up and keep loving till you take your last breath.