About the Makers
ROBIN WILLIAMS, CO-FOUNDER/OWNER + PHILANTHROPIST
Ola Tropical Apothecary is a family owned and operated Hawaiian brand. Robin and her husband Chris Rooke make every one of their products by hand. By supporting Ola, you support a number of small farmers and businesses and a company that is responsible, sustainable and transparent. You are also supporting the dozens of local communities and organizations in Hawaii that Ola aids - including local schools, family shelters, drug abuse programs, elder care centers, breast cancer awareness and cultural awareness organizations.
Island Woods is a Hawaii-based company located on the island of Oahu. Island Woods offers hand crafted Acacia wood products inspired by Hawaiian designs. Products include wood plates, bowls, trays, chop boards, kitchen helpers, salad hands and other accessories. Their products are food-safe and made to last. Island Woods also operates Hawaiian Island Salt Company.
ELIAS KAUHANE, MUSICIAN
A true “island son,” Elias was born on the island of Oahu and raised in the windward town of Kane’ohe. His musical influences, like most, began at home. His father played ukulele and sang. Elias’ grandparents were well known in the Waikiki music scene and performed with many of the greats of that golden period, such as Aunty Genoa Keawe, Marlene Sai & Sonny Chillingworth.
Elias attended Kamehameha Schools from 1973 to 1979, where he was selected to join the acclaimed Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Choir and sang as a tenor alongside Tony Conjugacion, Lopaka Ho’opii, & Nephi Brown.
LORI SHEN, CALLIGRAPHER + MOMPRENEUR
Lori was born and raised on the island of Oahu. Growing up, she helped with the family business, an orchid nursery in Waimanalo (if you Google “Dendrobium Lori Tokunaga,” you’ll see the orchid that her dad named after her).
Once her little one was born, Lori started a business of her own: Letter On!, a design and lifestyle brand that’s all about living aloha. She designs custom signs, wedding suites, gift bags and more for brides, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
JEFFREY AND CARLA TAKAMINE, OWNERS
Family-owned, Big Island Delights has been creating premium cookies and confections in Hilo since 1996. Owners Jeff and Carla Takamine continue to operate their business like their family, and the two are closely intertwined. Values such as generosity, respect and honesty are key to the company’s growth and success.