Annette La Mariana Nahinu was born on September 22, 1914 in Brooklyn, NewYork. At the age of 18 Annette married a silent film actor who’s name she refused to divulge. “I was born very poor and married a very rich man who did everything for me,” is the only information Annette would ever offer when asked about her first husband. Annette’s first marriage ended and she met Johnny Campbell a New Zealand native whom she sailed the pacific with. Eventually ending up in Hawaii and realizing the need for slips Johnny and Annette began to dream of a beautiful sailing club providing affordable slips to the people of Hawaii. Work began in 1955 to build “La Mariana”, which is Annette’s maiden name, and coincidentally means “little sea” in Italian. WIth13 members, 13 boats, and the largest boat 13 feet long the initial membership fee was$2 and the monthly slip fee $.50. After 20 years of operation, including surviving the tsunami of 1960 and the end of her marriage to Johnny Campbell, Annette was then only given days to vacate the land her marina stood on and La Mariana had to leave by Sunday August 30th 1975.
Forced out, Annette found the perfect new location for La Mariana, 50 feet upshore. “A herculean effort was expelled and within three days we moved the clubhouse, 20 docks, 30 boats, 83 palm trees, and a monkey pod tree fifteen feet high, a shower tree eighteen feet high, flowering shrubs, plants, hedges, etc., etc,” Annette retold in her story of La Mariana. A great deal of work laid ahead for Annette, as the present location of La Mariana was once a junkyard and all her efforts to build LaMariana at her last location was going to have to be replicated again. However, all of Annette’s hard work and determination paid off into what is now her beautiful and one of-a-kind oasis in the middle of industrial Honolulu.“
Today, La Mariana is a lush hideaway with a bar and restaurant decorated with rattan chairs, wooden tables, nets and glass balls hanging from the walls and ceilings. It looks like it could have been the setting for an old “Hawaiian Eye” episode. While the rest of Hawaii has moved forward, Annette Nahinu has created a bit of old Hawaii.”Charles Memminger writes for the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 1987 on Annette and La Mariana. Annette lived and worked for her beloved La Mariana 7 days a week till her death in 2008. As Annette had wished, the La Mariana Sailing Club staff promise to continue La Mariana in Annette’s tradition and vision. Annette had said “It’s been here for 50 years, I want it to be here 50 years more.”