Former Big Island lawmaker Helene Hale dies at 94

Former Big Island lawmaker Helene Hale dies at 94
Published: Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM HST
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Former state Rep. Helene Hale
Former state Rep. Helene Hale

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former state Rep. Helene Hale died Friday night at her Hilo home. She was 94.

Hale's career in public service spanned more than four decades. She worked as a University of Hawaii professor, chaired the Hawaii County Council, and then served in the state House until she retired at age 88.

Hale was also one of the first women to hold an executive position in Hawaii local government.

Big Island mayors, past and present, reflected on her achievements:

"She would confront anyone she felt was wrong," said former mayor Harry Kim. "She really didn't care where either. I don't mean abusively or anything like that, but when she felt it was wrong, she would state it. What was right, she would push it. I think for me that would be her legacy."

"I've known her going back 20 years and she's always been somebody who fought for those who did not have a voice in government," said Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Memorial services are pending.

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