Hanalei Sailboards located in the Hanalei Trader building — Circa 1985

Hanalei Sailboards located in the Hanalei Trader building — Circa 1985

 

As the popularity of windsurfing on Kauai grew rapidly so did the number of visitors coming by the store wanting to take windsurfing lessons and rent equipment. I quit my waiter job at Chuck’s Steakhouse and expanded to the Hanalei Trader Building where the added space allowed for a windsurfing school and rental business. Once again the name was changed, this time to Hanalei Sailboards. We ended up teaching over 10,000 people to windsurf. It was at this location that I began our monthly Water-sports Swap-meet which has been held faithfully since.