and we weren’t going to rush to Egypt. Hawaii was the other place that was mystical and far away and we chose it.
This story is in there too — I worked in banking at that point, and you know those people that think you’re really good friends, but you really don’t like them? I had this lady I worked with and I’d never met her but we talked on the phone.
She lived in Honolulu for a while. We’d decided to pick one island instead of seeing them all, and she said, “Don’t go to Kauai, it’s the place for romantics.” She said, “You need to go to Oahu, there’s a real city there.” And I was like, “She says Oahu, I’m going to Kauai.”
So we came here for 10 days and it was magical and we came back four or five times before we moved here. Except for Oahu we never saw any of the other islands. We felt a strong connection here. It was like the show “Lost.” The island was pulling us in.
My main babies now are Kauai Sings and Kauai Concert Association.
I started the fundraiser Kauai Sings and we used to do it three times a year. We’re down to one time a year this year, but next year we’re trying to get back to doing it three times a year. That’s been a good thing for Malama Pono.
And the other thing that really pays the bills and has a social aspect for it is my work. At least 2,000 people on Medicare on this island know me. It’s great. You save auntie a hundred bucks a month on her drugs, it creates local street cred like nobody’s business.