Monica Shigenaga used to dress up her american staffordshire terriers, Coco and Jordan, because it seemed to make all three of them laugh. Soon she realized that well-designed apparel could solve canine problems as well. She created cooling vests to keep her show dogs from panting wildly during training sessions, and before long, she was also making dog-size muumuus, surf shorts, and aloha shirts. Since then, her canine fashions have appeared on runways in Japan and on the Today show in the United States. They can also be found in a boutique at Cocojor Emporium & Spaw, Monica’s upscale dog spa and boarding facility, which is named for her two beloved pups.
At the spa, dogs can visit groomers for stylish haircuts and baths featuring all-natural shampoos and conditioners. Here, dogs can try Monica’s other signature product: Micro Bubbles, a bath add-on that fizzes away dirt, dead skin, and odor-causing bacteria while massaging the pup’s skin. Nearby, pups can grab treats at the Barkery, where bakers handcraft organic biscuits and dog-friendly birthday cakes. Overnight guests and doggy-daycare clients can enjoy these snacks between naps, walks, games, and cuddles from the facility’s caring staff. To make stays at the spa as relaxing as possible, a chauffeur can pick up VIP visitors or sing them lullabies in their native howls and growls.
Because dogs often think they're people, Pets in the City treats them as such with doggie daycare that resembles a boarding school, complete with lessons. Pet parents drop off their charges for a day of fun and learning that starts with homeroom. After homeroom, dogs typically break off for breakfast, either eating what their owners sent from home or the cafeteria's tasty organic kibble. Throughout the day, they bound through a schedule that interweaves two to four walks and socializing with class sessions in agility, basic training, and advanced calculus. At nap and nighttime, they bunk in private spaces.
Puppy parents can also schedule spa treatments, all performed with gentle Pacifica products. The experienced groomers on staff safely trim nails and dislodge dirt from fur with soothing baths. Add-ons such as conditioning treatments, blueberry facials, and flea dips ready pooches for a showdown with the dog that lives in the mirror.
From surfing at secluded locations to hiking a private trail to a waterfall at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains, the team at Hawaii Water Sports Center designs excursions so visitors can experience thrills and explore Koko Marina’s pristine waters. USCG captains pilot a Ski Nautique that pulls along bumper tubes and six-person Banana Boats, and professional instructors help visitors master the skills of wakeboarding or water skiing through a six-ball course. Their snorkeling trips take place in Hanauma Bay’s reef-filled waters, and their Maunalua Bay scuba excursions are overseen by PADI-certified instructors and trained master divers. On these trips, they guide students along and point out colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and retired goldfish.
At Brain Fitness Hawaii, certified neurofeedback therapist Dr. Hana Yin uses holistic and noninvasive methods to help clients build up their brain power. To begin, she draws up each client's neural map, which is used to customize each training session for a range of therapeutic goals, from losing weight to growing a spare brain. An EEG machine provides a real-time readout of brainwave anomalies, allowing Dr. Yin to pinpoint exactly which areas need to be treated. Not only can brain training stimulate creativity and performance, but it has also helped past clients avoid or cure maladies such as food addiction, insomnia, and anxiety.
The second-annual Pumpkin Carving Festival allows families to enjoy a quintessential fall tradition while aiding local and national charities. Held at the spacious Neal S. Blaisdell Center, the event that attracted more than 1,100 attendees last year will again seat families of eager squash whittlers near each other for the festive occasion. During a two-hour carving session, groups of up to eight people bring their jack-o’-lanterns to life utilizing scoopers, pairing knives, stencils, and suggestions culled from the cryogenically frozen brain of Dr. Frankenstein. This year's Pumpkin Carving Festival's proceeds will benefit the ongoing community-building efforts of Hawaii Children's Discovery Center and the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, who use Hawaiian culture to strengthen familial bonds and literacy.