A Creative Mom-Daughter Team
Sweet-smelling awapuhi, pineapple and tuberose are just a few of the scents the mother-and-daughter team of Stephanie Schoening and Kawehi Seno use to make island-designed sachet stones with their company, S&S Kreations.
The stones are made in familiar Island shapes such as aloha shirts, muumuu, honu, seashells, board shorts and surfboards, as well as ladybugs, motorcycles, teddy bears, dragonflies and more.
“It’s a different way to have potpourri,” says Seno. “They’re decorative. There are a lot of uses for them in your drawers, closets, cars and suitcases.”
The sachet stones are infused with the fragrances, which also include puakenikeni, plumeria, bubble gum, cotton candy, coconut and baby powder.
The company was started four years ago by Schoening, a lupus and two-time breast and uterine cancer survivor, because she couldn’t work. She says she appreciates the assistance of her family, especially her husband, Neill.
Seno joined the company in June 2008 after she was laid off from a job she had for 18 years.
“We know what we do, and we know how to do everything,” says Seno about the division of labor. “A lot of people call us to do favors for their party.”
They currently are designing masks for an upcoming masquerade party.
Schoening has been doing ceramics for 36 years, and has a line of ceramic turtles available at Under the Koa Tree and Nohea Gallery. The ceramics come in various designs and can be used as centerpieces.
Also passionate about good causes, mother and daughter have done fundraisers for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Waianae with a pink breast cancer ribbon stone, and 600 lavender ribbons for the Lupus Foundation.
Seno, a 1990 Pearl City High School graduate, has recruited husband Wesley and their children Kula, Kalei, Haku and Ano’i to help out. Her niece Loke also gets in on the action.
One of her challenges, Seno admits, is that she has had to learn a different system.
“Another challenge is making sure I can live up to my mom,” explains Seno, a Nanakuli resident.
“She is the bomb. She is awesome. She does it all. I’ve been trying to absorb it more and more.”
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