William Haka “Bill”, “BillyPete” or “Junior” of Honolulu age 74 passed away on June 27, 2011. Born August 24, 1936 to William Haka “Willy” Peterson and Emma Nobriga Peterson of Kauai and it was on the Garden Isle where BillyPete spent his boyhood years.
As a teenager Bill moved to the Valley Isle of Maui where he attended Maui High School located in the town of Pa’ia at the time. A talented athlete Bill was an All-Star halfback for the Sabers and was honored as the Most Outstanding Player in the 1956 Shriner’s Maui All-Star game.
After high school he worked as a lineman-trouble shooter for Hawaiian Electric Company. During his spare time he built two-seater Piper Cub planes and to satisfy his love for flying became a licensed private pilot.
In 1971, the businessman Bill Peterson started Koolau Refuse, Inc., and after having notable business success he sold the company and retired from business life in 1986 to take up golf and travel.
He is survived by three sons, Joseph Van, Scott Kealoha, and William Haka “Jr.” III, one daughter Rae Kailani Peterson-Kaliko, seven grandchildren and great grandchildren.
By his request, a Private Service was held attended by his immediate family.