Hawaiian Anglers Donate 220-Pound Tuna to Frontline Workers

In a time of despair and uncertainty, outdoorsmen are giving back.

As the turmoil surrounding COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on civilizations around the globe, particularly in the United States, people are still reaching for hope in unfamiliar places.

Families are living without incomes, business owners are trying to tread water without a concept of depth and health care professionals are mustering everything they have to shoulder the weight of a nation.

Despite the current circumstances, however, five Hawaiian commercial fishermen are still looking for a way to make a difference, giving back to their community in the best way they know how during the coronavirus pandemic.

An incredible day of fishing ended with the crew reeling in a gargantuan 220-pound ahi tuna off the coast of Oahu.

Not even a determined family could put a dent in a fish of this size, and, none of the anglers or their families preferred the classic spicy ahi and limu poke bowl recipe.

So, they decided to go a different route and donate the fresh fish to the frontline health care workers at Straub and the Queen's Medical Center.

The collective response was a smiling one.

"Anytime you can get fish prepared for you and given to you, my god, what else can we ask for," Chimaigne Ralston, a nurse at Straub told CBSNews affiliate KGMB-TV.

"When the community does show appreciation for what sometimes feels like a thankless job, it does make an impact," added Dr. Cass Nakasone.

The crew, which included the owner of a seafood business and a the executive producer of a popular Hawaii television show, found inspiration for the idea from the late Setsuo Todoroki, a 104-year-old angler who always shared his caught fish with people in need.

Kyle Nakamoto and his friends wanted to make sure Todoroki's legacy lived on.

"It was nice to be a part of something greater than yourself, especially at a time when everybody needs to come together," said Tommy Mukaigawa of Monarch Seafoods.