Family celebrates Waiehu man’s 100th birthday

Gaudencio Cadiz of Waiehu turned 100 years old on Feb. 12.

He immigrated to Hawaii from Bacarra, the Philippines, in 1946 as a contract plantation worker. He worked on the plantations until the 1980s, said his granddaughter Rae-Ann Pagatpatan. For the past three decades, he’s enjoyed his retired life at home baby-sitting grandkids and great-grandkids with his wife of more than 57 years, Julia Cadiz, 91.

He loves watching baseball, boxing and “Wheel of Fortune,” Pagatpatan said. His favorite snacks are animal cookies or graham crackers.

His daily diet consists of bread and coffee in the mornings and then rice, soft entrees and either an apple-banana or fresh papaya for both lunch and dinner time, according to Pagatpatan.

“He is the first person in our family to live until 100 years old,” she said. “There’s been some rough times where grandpa fell ill, and we did not think he would make it. However, we’ve been blessed so far to have him still with us, quite happy and healthy.”

Cadiz has nine children, 28 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and at least eight great-great-grandchildren.