The Garden Island
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Funeral Notices


Age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Kaneohe on August 28, 2019. Wayne was born on February 20, 1949 in Wailuku on the island of Maui to Joseph M. Santos and the former Angeline Kahomealoha Akee. After his childhood on the Valley Isle, in Paukukalo and Hana, he spent his teen years in Papakolea on Oahu. Here he acquired his affectionately bestowed nickname, "Brillo" because of his tightly curled hair. He served in the army during the Vietnam conflict; first in the infantry and later in the tanks with the 11th Armored Cavalry or "Blackhorse Troopers". Upon his return, he joined the Hawaii Masons’ Union apprenticeship program and earned the title of Journeyman Mason. Wayne worked in the private sector for more than 15 years before he found a permanent place at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Brillo was head of masonry at Facilities Maintenance for 27 years, from 1992 to 2018. On January 11, 1973 he married Betty Perry Peters. Together they raised three sons Jordan, Dallas, and Wayney Boy. He started each morning with crossword puzzles and was skilled at amusements such as billiards and pinball machines. Wayne was multi talented; a natural artist and avid waterman who loved fishing with throw or lay nets, or diving, especially for he’e (octopus). As Hawaiians say he had the "squid eye". Later in life, he began growing kalo in Waihe’e with his dear friend Willy Kupuka’a. Brillo was a font of kanaka maoli wisdom, learned from his kupuna. Brillo did not suffer fools gladly especially when there was work to be done. His gruff exterior and sarcasm covered his quick wit, generosity, and compassionate spirit. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Perry Peters Santos, his sons Jordan (Sarah), Dallas (Chanelle), Wayne (Akolea). Also his grandchildren: Tia, Shayden, Leiha’a, Jude, Ha’iha’i, and Taytum. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and older sisters Irene P. Pierce and Urla Mae M. Avelino. He is survived by his younger sisters Elva Uilani Santos and Sandra (John) Pedro.
Celebration of Life: Thursday,September 26, 2019 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Chapel. Private Family Time 4:00-4:30, Visitation 4:30-5:30, Service 5:30-6:30 Reception to follow. Arrangements provided by Hawaiian Memorial Park Services.