Aloha!By Kathryn Walsh Posted: Aug 20, 2003
Soap Opera Weekly: So tell me about growing up in Hawaii? How old were you when you lived there?
Nathaniel Marston: I lived in the islands from the ages of about 3 until I was almost 10.Weekly: What did your mom do there?
Marston: Lived. When we first moved there, the population was 15,000 people on the whole island.Weekly: Which island?
Marston: Kauai. There was one McDonald's and two traffic lights on the whole place! All the hippies and musicians who left San Francisco and California, they all kind of cruised out to Hawaii because it was the last place you could live naturally. I remember we'd pick a bunch of mangos and trade mangos to people who caught fish. And we'd take mangos to the people who made danishes, and they'd give us bread. And then we bought a fishing boat, so we had mangos and we fish. There was this huge barter thing. And rent was nothing, at the time.Weekly: So you lived in an apartment?
Marston: We lived in a couple of different places. We lived in an apartment, we lived in a couple of houses. We lived on the beach a little bit during the summertime. But we finally settled down when my mother met my stepfather. And if you ever hear me refer to my dad, that's who I'm talking about. We found a great little house. There was a mango tree in the front yard that I could see the beach from. I had a tree house up there. My dad worked in construction to make the cash money. My mom worked for farmers, working cattle; she was an excellent horseback rider. It was a very natural way of life.Weekly: So you liked that lifestyle?
Marston: It's funny the things you don't appreciate when you're young. I used to have to rake up all the rotten mangos that fell from the tree, and I was always so mad about it! "Stupid mango tree." But I never thought it was stupid when I was reaching up there and picking a fresh one and eating it. You don't think about how nice you have it. But definitely, Hawaii was my favorite place of any place we stayed.Weekly: Did you hate leaving it?
Marston: Yeah, I did, because from those ages, 3 to 9, those are really formative years. I actually went back a while ago to visit. I hadn't been since I was about 21, so it was nice. My little step-brothers and -sisters have grown really big. My brother actually moved back. While I was out there, I camped the whole time. I'm working on buying a piece of land there, setting up a camping business. A sort of luxury camping, where everything that you'd want or need is seen to. We'll teach you how to dive, how to spear fish, how to night fish. We'll cook your food for you.Weekly: So it was during this trip that you came up with the idea?
Marston: Yeah, my little brother and I. And my buddy Adam is going to be one of the partners. I'm putting my little brother through school right now: he's studying business management, small engine repair, auto-mechanics, so that all these sort of angles are covered. We've got it all lined up, it's just a matter of getting out there and doing it. In the next five years, I'd like to be based out there in Hawaii.Weekly: Giving up the acting?
Marston: Absolutely not. No, no. See, that's where my home will be. I'm at a point where, here in New York, I send a tape out to L.A. for pretty much everything. If they really want to see me, they fly me out. If I really believe in the project and I think that I might go there on my own and book the job, then I fly myself out. You don't really need need to be there. I've been doing this since I was 16 years old. I know all the people that I need to know for the most part. Anybody I don't know, I can go and take a trip to meet. So I don't think that in the next five years I'll have to be located in New York or L.A. to do this.