10 Questions: Surf, sand, sea are sacred trusts for Melinda Merryweather


Melinda Merryweather was raised on a large ranch in Arizona. Her father, Hubert Merryweather, was president of the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1948 to 1954. She moved to New York City after high school to work for the Ford Agency as a model and became an art director, a self-described psychedelic Martha Stewart.

Merryweather married Mike Hynson of the “Endless Summer” feature film and followed the surf around the world. She made “Rainbow Bridge” in Maui with Jimi Hendrix, which was released in 1971. She gave birth to her son at home in La Jolla and created Rainbow Juice Bar on La Jolla Boulevard. Merryweather moved to Hawaii and lived there for seven years.

She is co-founder of Friends of WindanSea, vice-president of Independent La Jolla, and a member of California Coastal Access Trust.

What brought you to La Jolla?

My grandparents built a house in La Jolla in 1935. My sister and I came for a summer when I was 4 and we stayed at the Beach Club. Once I put my toes in the ocean, I knew this is where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I’d like to see us become our own city, and return the Children’s Pool to the children.

Who/what inspires you?

Music … truth … love … People who fight to make the world a better place.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

It would be more than eight! My dinner party would include all the members of my amazing family of the last 350 years. I would love for my son to meet my great grandfather, and my grandchildren to meet their great, great, great aunts and uncles — especially the aunt who was captured by Native Americans and helped save John Alden. It would be a candlelight, sit-down dinner on the beach with mariachis playing.

What are your five favorite movies?

“Giant,” “Auntie Mame,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

What is it that you most dislike?

Fake and phony people, people who lie, people who mess with Mother Nature. Monsanto. People who do not realize the planet is our responsibility. I also dislike cell phones and computers.

What is your most-prized possession?

I do not believe we really possess anything, so my favorite things would be my shell, crystal and stone collection, and my music collection, especially a song written for me by Jimi Hendrix.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

We are all one! Wherever we are, we share one air, one water, one love! Be generous, fair and kind to all who live here! The planet is ours to save or lose. It is our responsibility and I believe our choice.

What clothing item in your closet will you never part with?

I do not like the word never, but I would say a pair of rainbow velvet airbrushed pants that were made for me in the 1960s.

What would be your dream vacation?

To be in La Jolla in 1923.