The Bright Side: Inspirational wahine angler passes at 103

  • Louise Hawkins with baby Jennifer at the old Kona Inn. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Rice/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Louise Hawkins with a souvenir of her World Record skipjack tuna, or aku.

  • Louise and Cliff Hawkins on Kailua Pier with a marlin caught from their boat “Papa’s Keiki.”. (Jennifer Rice/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Trail blazing angler and long-time Kona resident, Louise Hawkins passed away quietly on Oct. 8, after a well-lived and well-traveled life spanning 103 years. Although she had given up fishing and scuba diving in her 80s, her granddaughter Jennifer Rice said, “She still did yoga three times a week and played her weekly card game until the last week of her life.”