Neighbors say 88-year-old Martha Miura was extremely active and loved to walk.
"Every morning, we'd see her walking," said neighbor Mel Iwata. "Usually about 6 a.m. she would be returning back home."
But Thursday morning she never made it home. Honolulu police say the Liliha resident died after a 63-year-old driver struck her near the intersection of Kuakini and Bachelot streets. Police say Miura was not in a marked crosswalk.
"It was just a shock when I heard it from my neighbor," said Iwata. "It's really sad because I've known her for so long."
Neighbors say Miura loved to garden and volunteered at the local library. "She's very active very busy, constantly doing things for other people," said neighbor Ilene Burman. "People are always dropping off food, baked goods and flowers. They refer to her as auntie, a sweet woman."
According to Hawaii state Rep. Corinne Ching, Miura was awarded the "Spirit of Liliha" civic award in 2009 for her community service work and for being an outstanding citizen. Ching calls Miura a "treasure" to the community.
The organizers of the "I Love Liliha" festival will have a dedication in honor of Miura. The festival which takes places Sunday showcases the community. They will also have a booth emphasizing pedestrian and walkway safety at the festival.