In 1999 we had a windfall (for us at least) from my stock options at E*TRADE. At the same time, I was offered a job in New York with Oncology.com, a new company supporting cancer patients. That was too good to turn down.
There were only a couple of big considerations. 1. We’d just purchased a home on the beach on Kauai 2. We had recently gone through cartwheels to buy our first house in Boulder Creek, California. So I had a job and apartment in New York, a house we rented out in California, and the new property on Kauai we needed to prep to rent out until we could be there.
I agreed to take the Oncology.com job for one year, and after six months I would be on Kauai for 2 weeks every other month. 6 months in is also when Lucky headed to Kauai driving our pickup across the country, shipping everything across the pacific. He also sent our beloved dog Rex in the cargo hold of his flight. Poor Rex would be quarantined on Oahu for 6 weeks.
Aloha Dude Vacation Rentals
We would call it Aloha Dude Vacation Rentals.
Aloha Dude Internet Hut
Around July of 2001 we got the big idea to open an internet hut – a hangout spot for visitors looking to log in while on vacation (this was pre-iPhone). It was also a stop on a cruise through the small town of Kapa’a. There was a hostel around the corner, restaurants, and other shops along the single road around the island.
We would suspend the *iconic 4′ wide disco ball on a pulley apparatus each morning. The team would spend the first hour dusting all of the hip tiki-inspired gifts. We’d clean the sea spray off the windows while cranking up the wild mix of music and international radio including the local KKCR station.
We showed local artists. One was Don Toschi who lived in a shack on the beach. Each Christmas he and his able assistant “Coconut Boy” would build a huge bamboo mobile of lit Christmas trees hanging from the roof of his house. It would sway and spin high in air when the trade winds blew in from the ocean.
KKCR Radio Shows :: DJ Dick
My first show was “Sleep Walking” at 6:30 am on Saturday mornings. It was a dreamy, slow wake up from whatever happened on Friday night. Then I got to fill in for Michelle Rundgren’s Friday drive time show “Chick Rock”, I would take over as “Dick Rock.” It was more of a happy scream that the week was over.