Hawaiian Greek Offers Kidney to Save Friend’s Life

George Veremis and his son Kainoa, a.k.a Sunny (Picture: The Garden Island)

For 50 years, Alfred “Yoshee” Hamada has been helping the residents of Lihu’e, Hawaii, and now is having that kindness repaid with a kidney to be donated by his friend and godfather by adoption, George Veremis, known as “The Greek.” They went to the University of California for the life-saving operation scheduled to later in September.

Veremis, 57, said he was happy to help Hamada, who is 69, and didn’t want any undue attention for his gracious act. “When I found out we were the same blood type, we went ahead with the testing to see if it could work,” Veremis told GardenIsland.com. “I’m not doing this to be a hero. I’m doing this so my friend can live longer.” he said.

Hamada was the head groundskeeper at the Prince Golf Course for about 40 years before suffering from kidney failure. Now both men and their families hope that the pending surgery will give him more years to live.

(Information from The Garden Island.com)