On July 1, Charles ‘Pete’ Peterson celebrated his 90th birthday with two dozen of his family and friends at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club. The decorated veteran and ex-POW is a survivor of the fall of Corregidor in the Philippines, the Bataan Death March, and 3.5 years as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese during WWII. The very active senior is known throughout the east side of Kaua‘i for his kindness and for repairing electronics and power tools he finds at yard sales, a release states.
Despite his age, he still manages to ride his bicycle on the Kapa‘a bike path almost every morning. Along with numerous friends, his birthday party was attended by his son Bill and daughter-in-law Sea Peterson, his two grandchildren Kellie Peterson, a former ‘Miss Garden Isle’, and Colin Peterson. It was also attended by his
granddaughter-in-law Gina Peterson and his soon to be born first great-grandchild. Hau‘oli la hanau, ‘Apu‘lu!