HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local girl, Ilima MacFarlane, is the first native Hawaiian female MMA champion. She's the latest fighter from Hawaii now in the national spotlight. But she's had to deal with a big challenge recently. While on Kauai last week - her friend's hale and lo`i or taro patch went up in flames. Inside were her friend's camera equipment, tools and - Ilima's championship belt.
She's not worried about the belt - but she has started a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the hale and replace some of the equipment. We spoke to Ilima ... before all of this happened.