Samuel Viveiros

Samuel Viveiros

Sunday, August 17th, 1947 - Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Samuel “Big Sam” Viveiros, 72, of Makawao passed away peacefully on November 25, 2019 at his residence. He was born on August 17, 2019 in Honolulu.

Sam was born on Oahu and raised in Kailua. He attended Radford High School and worked on his Uncle Fred Viveiros’s ranch in Kailua. Sam became a Honolulu Police Officer, later he transferred and moved to Molokai.

He later relocated to Maui and became a Cop there. Maui would be his home until he died. Sam always loved the Paniolo lifestyle being raised around cattle and horses in his youth. Upcountry Maui would be the perfect place to go.

Sam’s Parent’s Arthur & Minerva Viveiros bought a piece of land in Makawao in the early 70’s. It would become home for the next 45yrs. Sam worked the land and made a Ranch out of it. He built a barn and arena then bought some stallions and bred horses.

He also leased several hundred acres of land and raised cattle. He was stock contractor for several Rodeo’s. Sam was also the best Rodeo Announcer in the State of Hawaii. His voice ringing out through the speakers got everyone excited and involved to be part of the Rodeo & Polo Community.

Sam was always about good times and good friends. He kept the feeling of Aloha and the Paniolo lifestyle alive.

Samuel is survived by his son, Vance “Kamuela” Viveiros; sister, Mary Ellen Viveiros; and grand daughter, Samantha Leilani Viveiros.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makawao
    1294 Makawao Ave.
    MAKAWAO, HI 96768
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makawao
    1294 Makawao Ave.
    MAKAWAO, HI 96768
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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John Cluney

Posted at 02:05pm
I've known Sam since our HPD days... we were in the same HPD Recruit Class. We graduated to walking the "beat" in Waikiki during the late '60's into the early '70's. I've got dozens of stories... never forgot New Years Eve, 12/31/69. Just before midnight, traffic was grid-locked at a stand-still, people were tossing packs of firecrackers out of cars and from hotel balconies. We walked past a car, and the guy in the passenger seat dropped a pack of firecrackers at Sam's feet. Funny... so he thought. Sam was pretty agile for a big guy. He bent down, and before the pack of fireworks had a chance to ignite, he picked up the whole pack and tossed it back into the car onto the passenger's lap. The passenger tried to jump out, but big Sam just leaned backwards, with his butt against the door and wouldn't budge. It was a hilarious way to ring in 1970. Gonna miss you, big fella... a hui hou.

Robert Young Posted at 01:21pm

Sam was my classmate from intermediate school Aliamanu. Great guy always greeted you with good cheer.

clarissa pua

Posted at 02:02am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Thank you for loving me. LOVEU
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Phylissa Bram

Posted at 02:51am
I was so sad when I learned os Sams passing. Sam and I playfully dated 25 years ago. We weren’t serious about our relationship, just good friends.
I have been back and forth from the mainland over the years and always tried to find Sams ranch to drop in on him to say hello.
For some unknown reason, I could never find him. How sad I feel that I was unable to say goodbye to the sweet good natured gentleman, who always made me smile. May his soul Rest In Peace.
Many blessings to Sams loved ones.
Phylissa & David Bram

Lu Ann Faborito

Posted at 07:28pm
From the Miss Rodeo Hawaii Program, Aloha A Hui Hou.

Frank Furcin

Posted at 07:39pm
I will miss Sam very much. He was a dear friend & godfather to my daughter Cyrilla. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Sincerely, Frank Furcini & Family

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