Herb And Nona Sit­ting In A Tree … A 60-year Wait For Love

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By CAROL CHANG

It’s hap­pened again: True love en­dures and has its re­ward in the end.

Her­bert Decam­bra Mer­cado and Wi­nona Kaa­hanui Lim­pa­han are get­ting mar­ried on Kailua beach at 11 a.m. Fri­day – 60 years af­ter they first met and fell in love. Ac­cord­ing to fam­ily friend An­gela An­gel, Mer­cado and Lim­pa­han grew up to­gether in Kailua, but when they were teenagers, a fam­ily emer­gency called Lim­pa­han away to the Big Is­land and they went their sep­a­rate ways.

“They lit­er­ally van­ished from each other’s lives,” said An­gel, who also lives in Kailua. “Although heartbroken, they both had to move on.” Mer­cado faught in the Korean War, mar­ried and es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful busi­ness in North Carolina. Lim­pa­han re­turned to Oahu and also mar­ried.

A few years ago, as a widow, she at­tended a fam­ily funeral and later a birth­day party, and Mer­cado was there. Af­ter yet an­other pe­riod of time, An­gel re­called, “They had a quiet heart-to-heart, and now in their golden years, they have a sec­ond chance at first love for a life­time.”

Mundo Juillerat, who calls “Aun­tie Nona” his sec­ond mother, will ac­com­pany his cousin Dar­ri­lyn Crisos­to­mos Fri­day when she sings the Hawai­ian Wed­ding Song at the cer­e­mony. (He’s fly­ing in from Las Ve­gas, where he per­forms at the Wynn and with The Hot Club.)

“She’s a trea­sure trove of Hawai­ian sto­ries and mu­si­cal ad­ven­tures,” Juillerat said. “She’s lit­er­ally big­ger than life to me.

“I was one of the first peo­ple she started con­fid­ing to about Her­bert. Af­ter all th­ese years, I was giv­ing my Aunty love ad­vice! I’m so happy she’s found Her­bert!”

First loves Her­bert Decam­bra Mer­cado and Wi­nona Kaa­hanui Lim­pa­han will marry Fri­day on Kailua Beach af­ter 60 years apart. Photo from An­gela An­gel.

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