Author: Suzanne Roig

Saving Abused Horses

When Betina Parker set up her shelter in Kunia, she didn’t realize how many abandoned, abused and neglected horses there were in Hawaii. If not for her and the Equine 808 Horse Rescue, most of those horses would be dead.…

Labor of Love

Building a six-person koa outrigger canoe requires a lot of time and money: about $20,000 for the log and $60,000 to turn it into a canoe. “It’s not an overnight procedure,” says Bobby Puakea, 72, a canoe builder, educator and…

Panama Hats Made One Strand at a Time

Newt, the hat and sportswear store at the Royal Hawaiian, won’t sell you a hat over the phone or from its website. You’ll have to buy it in person, because co-owner Jim Tomasi believes every hat is unique and needs…

Sweet Heaven

Science and artistry may seem like an odd marriage, but when you taste the chocolates that spring from this union, you will call Ricard Chocolat a marriage made in heaven. The science of tempering must be done precisely to make…

Pet Burials

We love them like family when they’re alive, so why not treat them the same way in death? A cemetery burial for your pet at Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe gives you a way to recognize that affection. Pet…

Calming and fragrant

Waikiki chef James Aptakin has taken an enticing, sweet fragrance commonly used in perfumes and added it to flan, shortbread cookies, savory cornbread, mojitos and pineapple cobbler. The secret ingredient: sugar infused with oil from vetiver, a grass grown in…