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Family, Friends Bid Aloha to Extremist

By: Stephen Florino

HALEIWA (KHNL) - Family and friends of a professional extremist bid farewell to him the way he would've wanted. They hold a memorial service at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa.

Loved ones take their boats and canoes out to sea, a place Hall loved and where he worked and played. A parachutist brings his ashes down after jumping from a plane.

"I just thought that when we planned this that, simply driving out on a boat wouldn't be his style," said girlfriend Stefani Brendl. "He has to make a great entrance."

After scattering his ashes, family and friends jump in the water for one last swim with Hall.

He made news in January 2006, when he swam with an 18-foot great white shark off Oahu's North Shore.

Hall died during a base jump in Canada May 9th.

They all say the news of his death was devastating, but instead of thinking about the way he died, they all prefer to remember the way he lived.

A parachutist drops from the sky, boats and canoes on the water, and hundreds of family and friends. It's the perfect way to say aloha.

"I know that right now, deep down, looking at us, ear to ear, grinning, just loving every second of it, wanting all of us to have a good time out here," said Jonathan Boulware.

Having a good time is the way Hall lived. Sledding down mountains, jumping off cliffs, and swimming with sharks.

"There was hardly a day, where he didn't try to make the most of," said Brendl. "Every day he spent flying or diving, or base jumping."

To honor him, friends made up shirts with the motto "more like Jimmy." On the back is a list of Hall's things to do in life. They include writing a funny book, base jumping off a waikiki hotel without being caught, and streaking down Kamehameha Highway.

Every item is checked off, but the one that friends say is most meaningful is the last one -- make every moment awesome.

"Awesome was his most favorite expression," said Brendl. "Everything was awesome, and if it wasn't, it wasn't worth doing."

"Jimmy wants everyone to live for the moment," said Boulware. "Don't hold back, do what you wanna do, live your dreams. That's how he did it."

He did it in the sky, on the ground, and in the water.

And now, he'll be resting in his playground forever.

Friends accepted donations for those "more like Jimmy" shirts.

The proceeds are going towards shark research and education -- two things Hall was a strong advocate for.

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