Dudley Child literally grew up in the hotel industry. At the age of seven, he was running the switchboards and elevator at his father’s hotel. From this hands-on beginning, Dudley took an interest in the industry, leaving the islands to study hotel management at Cornell University. His studies prepared him to step into managing the InterIsland Resort Company when his father, the company’s president, fell ill. At the time, InterIsland Resorts owned three hotels: Naniloa in Hilo, the Kauaʻi Inn and the Kona Inn. But Dudley had a bigger vision for the company. After unsuccessfully attempting to redevelop the Kauaʻi Inn, Dudley refocused on developing a new property on Kauaʻi, the Kauaʻi Surf, which opened on Kalapakī Beach in 1960. The Kauaʻi development was not without controversy. Dudley had to convince the InterIsland board – and his father – that significant investments in neighbor island tourism development would be profitable. The Kauaʻi investement did prove to be successful and the company moved on to develop the Maui Surf and the Kona Surf properties over the next ten years.