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My Life In Paradise on a Frank Sinatra Movie Set

In 1965, Frank Sinatra produced and starred in a movie called “None But the Brave” at a secluded beach on the north shore of Kaua’i. While the movie was being filmed, my family purchased this little piece of paradise and waited anxiously for the completion of the film to take ownership.

Since it is far off the beaten path, has a stream for irrigation and a spring for domestic water, we went off the grid. It was totally camping in the beginning, but now we have solar and most modern conveniences. I spend every moment I can exploring the underwater world in front of my house; I pet turtles, swim with the fish, and find beautiful shells.

The above photos are of a 6-inch perfect shell I discovered diving about 30 feet offshore. These shells are VERY delicate and it is very rare to find one totally intact. Just another instance of Kaua’i magic! I love my life!

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Miriam Perlmutter, R(B) Broker in Charge Kauai North Shore

February 4, 2012

Kauai has got to be the best place in the world to be off the grid! Can’t wait to see more photos of the ocean life that you are seeing.

Miriam Perlmutter, R(B) Broker in Charge Kauai North Shore

February 4, 2012

Kauai has got to be the best place in the world to be off the grid! Can’t wait to see more photos of the ocean life that you are seeing.

Lucy Adams, RS

February 5, 2012

Amy, your place in paradise sounds so delightful and simple…ahh to be diving for shells or sunbathing. It doesn’t get much better than that! Thanks for sharing your story. Lucy

Lucy Adams, RS

February 5, 2012

Amy, your place in paradise sounds so delightful and simple…ahh to be diving for shells or sunbathing. It doesn’t get much better than that! Thanks for sharing your story. Lucy

Carol Andrews

February 24, 2012

Your life is what people dream to have when they come to Kauai!
That is a magical beach and so happy you are able to take full advantage…

Carol Andrews

February 24, 2012

Your life is what people dream to have when they come to Kauai!
That is a magical beach and so happy you are able to take full advantage…

Kelly McDonald

January 19, 2013

Well Amy, we must have been neighbors back in the early 70s! Myself and a friend from Australia lived on Pilaa beach from the early 70s til 76, when I stupidly left it all for 20 acres in Montana! I knew about the movie, and even saw the big rock out front in the water since viewing the movie later. The airplane crash was just off the pali where my old olds went off the pali the day before leaving! As you said, really off the grid! We’d carry ice down the pali to our beach and little cabin, but wouldn’t have much left once getting there!
Even had a gladiola and okra garden, a couple of valleys over…when not picking limu kohu with the locals on the reef right in front! It had the red limu, very prized by the stores!

I could go on forever and ask a million questions…you must have been on the Moloaa side?
Having been in the airlines, I’ve travelled extensively and now live on the Big Island, but my experience working the land and waters in your neck of the woods was the happiest memories I have ever had! I miss it and would love to get back to something similar.

Do write!

Aloha,
Kelly

Kelly McDonald

January 19, 2013

Well Amy, we must have been neighbors back in the early 70s! Myself and a friend from Australia lived on Pilaa beach from the early 70s til 76, when I stupidly left it all for 20 acres in Montana! I knew about the movie, and even saw the big rock out front in the water since viewing the movie later. The airplane crash was just off the pali where my old olds went off the pali the day before leaving! As you said, really off the grid! We’d carry ice down the pali to our beach and little cabin, but wouldn’t have much left once getting there!
Even had a gladiola and okra garden, a couple of valleys over…when not picking limu kohu with the locals on the reef right in front! It had the red limu, very prized by the stores!

I could go on forever and ask a million questions…you must have been on the Moloaa side?
Having been in the airlines, I’ve travelled extensively and now live on the Big Island, but my experience working the land and waters in your neck of the woods was the happiest memories I have ever had! I miss it and would love to get back to something similar.

Do write!

Aloha,
Kelly

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