What was Kauai like for you when you made that first leap to the island life of Hawaii back in 1973? Kauai was starting to boom in the early 1970s, and many people from the mainland were coming to Hawaii. In my case, I had visited a friend who had just made the move himself. When I returned to New York after a nine-day vacation visiting him on Kauai, I told my wife of two months that we were moving. When I got there, I found that suddenly, surf spots that used to be empty, except for a few locals, were becoming crowded with new arrivals, like myself. It caused some resentment. And I had to learn a new culture that was very different from the one I left in New York City. But I was fortunate because I had a very popular and visible business -- first a bike shop and then a sportswear store. I got to know a lot of the local population on Kauai in a relatively short period of time. And once people get to know you, you are accepted pretty quickly into the local culture. The term "aloha spirit" is definitely alive and well and not just hype.