HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wednesday night, we're remembering a local icon, Hari Kojima. The longtime star of the local show, "Let's Go Fishing," has died after a battle with cancer. He passed away Wednesday morning, surrounded by family, in his Kaneohe home.
You'll remember Kojima's easy, local-style banter on "Let's Go Fishing," each week, a show that he hosted for 17 years.
On one show, Kojima said, "They got big sea bass here in the islands. The biggest I've cleaned, was about 348 pounds. You big, but that buggah was bigger than you," to his co-host.
We talked to his good friend and fishing partner, Audy Kimura. The local entertainer says memories from his fishing trips stand out the most, since most of the time, the two weren't actually fishing.
He explained, "You're traveling, eating lunch, cutting bait. During those moments, you get to know their family, talk about life. That's what I'm gonna miss so much. I think what I loved about him so much was that he let himself be human and make mistakes. He was larger than life, a lot of fun, never a dull moment ever."
Kimura told us good memories of Kojima will bring comfort in the weeks and months ahead. He also says Kojima had been battling cancer. Kojima was 66. He leaves behind his wife, four daughters, and seven grandchildren.