6 September 2018 |
Rusty’s koa cocktail
bar is topped with an
enormous single slab of
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No stranger to Hawai‘i, Rusty had been
coming to the Islands with his parents since
the 1950s. He especially enjoyed visiting Kona
for the sportfishing tournaments.
“I went to Kona often to go fishing with my
friend Mike Sann. We had a boat, Spooky Luki,
a 1959 Bertram 31. It’s the Cadillac of fishing
boats. It’s still at Honokohau Harbor.”
During his honeymoon in 1989, Rusty and
his then-wife visited the Kona property
and realized there was plenty of land upon
which to build another house. The mainland
architects he originally hired designed an
over-the-top home that would have been
impractical for Hawai‘i.
“It would have cost millions to build,” he
said. “They designed crazy things like a glassenclosed
breezeway that would have heated
up like a microwave oven. I told my friend
Mike Sann I’d rather have him get my money