Author: Catherine Cruz-George

Return to Your Roots

Each month, about 100 people volunteer to wade knee-deep into muddy water to pull weeds and use traditional farming methods to maintain a series of Kaneohe taro patches. The nonprofit Papahana Kuaola hosts these Waipao Hana Days on the fourth…

Aulani Timeshare

When you buy a stake in Aulani, the Disney resort at Ko Olina, you can enjoy your week there every year or use your points to stay at one of Disney’s other resorts.…

Much More than a Lemonade Stand

This summer, hundreds of children in Honolulu and seven mainland cities will compete to create the best lemonade stand. But don’t expect watered-down concoctions and makeshift tables: These kids mean business. The contest, Lemonade Alley, requires participants from kindergarten through…

Pau Hana with Jeff Shonka

On weekends, Jeffrey Shonka likes to rip along the south shore of Oahu in his 20-foot Seaswirl speedboat. “Fifty-six [mph] is the fastest I’ve had it up to,” says Shonka, CFO of First Insurance Co. “At that point, my wife,…

Pau Hana With Dfuan Rivers

While leading friends down 18,500-foot Mount Elbrus in Russia several years ago, Djuan Rivers slipped from a snowy ledge and plunged 300 feet down a steep embankment. He stopped his fall by stabbing his ice axe into the snow, avoiding…

Traveling Babies Are Their Clients

Before boarding a flight in January for a six-week vacation on Oahu, Leilani and Stefen Reid of British Columbia rented online a crib, a high chair, a booster seat, adult bicycles and trailers for their 2-year-old son, Jackson, and daughter,…

New Home for Catholic Charities

One of Hawaii’s largest charity groups has just opened its new urban Honolulu headquarters — a one-stop shop for social services and home to 170 employees who oversee more than 30 programs statewide. Catholic Charities Hawaii says it paid $15.4…

No More Candies, But a Real Gift

If you think your assistant looks forward to flowers and chocolate on Administrative Professionals Day, April 21, you’re wrong. What he or she really wants is to attend a workshop — paid for by the company. It’s a smart investment…

Hiring Veterans

Raymond Jefferson has already given a lot for his country and for his comrades. During Special Forces training in 1995, Capt. Raymond Jefferson lost all five left-hand fingers as he shielded teammates from a grenade that exploded prematurely. He spent…

Snake Stowaways Could Cost Us $2 Billion a Year

If brown tree snakes sneak aboard the increasing number of flights from Guam to Hawaii and establish themselves here, the damage on Oahu alone could top $2 billion a year, according to a new study. The report in January’s Pacific…

‘Green’ Lights Can Save Plenty of Cash

Incandescents CFLs LEDs Average lifespan in hours 1,000 10,000 to 20,000 but frequent on-offs cut lifespan 50,000 Initial cost From $2 to $10 each 3X as much as incandescents 10X as much as incandescents Light per watt of electricity 40…

5 steps to Build Trust In the Workplace

The key to a peaceful work environment is trust, says Kalei Inn, principal consultant of Kalei Inn, Ph.D. and Associates. “Where there is trust, there will be a lower incidence of conflict in the workplace,” says Inn, whose firm specializes in…