Pete TagalogPETE TAGALOG
Ota Camp leader Pete Tagalog, 80, died on May 28 at Pali Momi Medical Center after a long illness.
Pete, the son of Oahu Sugar Plantation mill worker, helped his Filipino community in Waipahu successfully fight against an eviction in the 1970s and eventually relocate a few miles away to Westloch. Ota Camp included many Filipinos who were retirees living on small pensions or had large families who said they could afford to live nowhere else.
Pete not only helped poor and working people in his community, but also shared his experiences and gave hope to other ethnic communities facing similar evictions in Kalihi, Chinatown, and Niumalu-Nawiliwili.
He played a key role in supporting a successful sit-in protest at the University of Hawaii to establish an Ethnic Studies Program, focusing on history of minorities in Hawaii.
Come pay your last respects to the family of this Filipino leader who represented the underdog.
His wake is on July 2 at Mililani Makai from 5:45 p.m. His mass at St. Joseph Church is on July 3 at 8:30 a.m., followed by burial at Mililani at 11 a.m.
He is survived by his wife Nora; sons Darrell and Kimo; daughters Laverne, Grace, Vivian, Annette, Abigail, Leonnette and Naomi; and lifelong friend Sally.
Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations on behalf Pete Tagalog's family to defray the cost of funeral expenses may be sent to Nora Tagalog; 94-110 Leowaena St.; Waipahu, Hi. 96797.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased