Stevedore honored by Hokulea crew

Williams was a longshoreman for 50+ years

Published  7:06 PM HST Aug 09, 2012

A longtime stevedore who passed away last month was honored Thursday by the crew of the Hokulea.

John "Johnny" Williams Sr. worked as a longshoreman for McCabe, Hamilton and Renny for more than 50 years.

In 1987, he was honored by then-governor John Waihee for his decades of service.

During Hokulea's trip around Honolulu Harbor, fellow stevedores stopped working in honor of their longtime friend.

"Everybody loved him at the docks.  I can honestly say that," said Williams' son John Williams Jr.  "We saw that today by the stop work  and the crowd that came to the side of the harbor."

"I knew my dad wanted to be there and see all of these people he helped train and get the job," said Williams' daughter Leatrice Maluhia Kauahi.

Williams was 91 years old.  He began working as a stevedore back in 1937 as a 16-year-old boy.

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