Donna Dunham Wilcox
Donna Wilcox is retired with her husband, Bill, and living in Kauai, Hawaii. They spend time involved with many activities and organizations. Besides her involvement in the Mokihana Club, the oldest women's association on the island, Donna volunteers at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, organized the South Kauai Wine Club, and is an eight year member of the Mulligan Sistahs, a women's golf group that plays weekly. Though writing takes much of her time, Donna enjoys the busy social life the island offers. Having lived on the island for eight years, Donna has never had a moment of "island fever," the boredom that overtakes some couples who retire here.
"There is always something to do. This month Bill and I are judging the neighborhood school's contest that includes everything from composition to science and photography. We find that many retired people have a lot to offer. They just have to get out and do it." In a few months the second year students at the island's culinary school will be ready for their wine class, which Donna conducts annually.
After a long career in the California wine business as a senior executive with Wente and Concannon Vineyards in the Livermore Valley, Donna retired early and spent two years working with a close friend developing a virtual winery. Row Eleven produces a wonderful Pinot Noir and several other varieties that win awards annually. She is valued for her expertise in running a profitable winery and has taught her Wine Boot Camp all over the world. She is known internationally as the first woman elected to the California Area "Knights of the Vine," a wine appreciation "brotherhood."
"When we moved here from California in 2010 we were determined to get busy and build a rewarding life. We had the time to get involved in activities and meet others who were living their dream as we are. We love Kauai and its 'ohana spirit of mutual love and respect. So do all our friends."
Donna does her writing in the second floor of their home looking down at the ocean on one side and the mountains on another. Her little black maltipoo is sleeping on the floor at her feet. And that is just about the perfect way to spend the day. Aloha.