Debbie Kowalski Wilson arrived on Maui in 1969. Inspired by “Endless Summer,” a surfing documentary by Bruce Brown, she drove her VW Beetle from her home in Ocean City, Maryland to Las Vegas, before catching a flight to Hawaii. She never looked back.
Since then, she’s made it her mission to inspire others with the things that inspire her.
She taught herself to sew, and opened The Clothes Addict in 1978, a French style vintage clothing boutique in the Bohemian beach town of Pa’ia. The store grew quite the following including Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks and Cindy Lauper.