Barbara & John
My friend, Mark Ratto and I purchased Wavecrest A303 in 2004. In 2009 he was diagnosed with cancer (see memorial below). Right around that terrible time when Mark was first diagnosed, I met Barbara, & our lives changed forever.
After we got to know each other a little, I figured we should go to Moloka’i together, to see if she would love it here as much as I do. It’s one of those “either they love it or they hate it” kind of places. It turned that out she loves it. We hope you take some time to get to know it and come to love it as well.
So — our goal, going forward, is to spend half the year here, somehow. The other half, we’ll leave for you to enjoy…
Some things should never change, and some can’t help but change.
Don’t try to change Moloka’i – Let Moloka’i change you.
— John Clarke
In Memory of Mark Edward Ratto
Mark Edward Ratto, 49, lost his 15-month brave battle with cancer Friday, July 16, 2010, at his home. Mark was discovered to be suffering with a recurrence of his Myeloma April 1, 2009, and remained remarkable in his fight against this awful disease.
Mark had been a much loved and well-known community member in Cambria for over 20 years. He moved to San Luis Obispo to be with his loving partner, Barbara Watson in 2007. Barbara and Mark shared five years together and immensely enjoyed being outdoors and traveling; especially to the Island of Moloka’i, where he shared ownership of a vacation rental condo with his friend, John Clarke.
Mark Always lived the Aloha spirit.
A native Californian, Mark moved to Cambria in 1988 to be with and to assist his father Renaldo Ratto during his senior years. In 1997, Mark started his own business as a computer consultant and served grateful clients throughout San Luis Obispo County. He also sold thousands of computer tutorial books books through one of his other businesses – BestComputerBooks.com. He helped many people enjoy a healthy lifestyle and practiced massage therapy for years.
As a passionate mountain biker, Mark enjoyed life most while on his bike riding through the back country of Cambria with his many biker friends. He will be remembered as a man with a positive attitude and generous spirit who never knew a stranger, and had a warm smile for everyone he met. Many say that Mark was their “first friend” in Cambria, and he will be deeply missed by all of us who had the good luck to know him.
The Aloha Spirit
“The Aloha Spirit is a well known reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. However, it also refers to a powerful way to resolve any problem, accomplish any goal, and also to achieve any state of mind or body that you desire.
In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than hello or goodbye or love. Its deeper meaning is the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).
As you share this energy you become attuned to the Divine Power that the Hawaiians call mana. And the loving use of this incredible Power is the secret for attaining true health, happiness, prosperity and success.”