Man who leapt to death off bridge political candidate, co-writer of famous song

A 2012 campaign photo of David “Kawika” Crowley

The 71-year-old Hilo man who jumped to his death Wednesday from the Puueo Bridge in downtown Hilo was a colorful character who pulled off an upset win in the GOP primary election for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 — while homeless — and co-wrote one of Hawaii’s most beloved songs.