Royal rescuer pays a visit to Hawai’i’s favorite pooch

Princess Regina Kawananakoa visited the Kaua’i Humane Society to meet Hokget, the Jack Russell terrier she helped rescue from a fire-gutted Indonesian oil tanker lost at sea for 24 days.

The Insiko’s crew was rescued at sea, but their pet dog Hokget was not recovered until April 26. Kawananakoa, an animal lover, said she decided to hire a plane and put together a search party to save the dog.

The famous dog arrived in Honolulu in early May and was later sent to Kaua’i for quarantine at the Kaua’i Humane Society which features modern facilities and grassy runs.

Kawananakoa, who is the great-granddaughter of Hawaiian prince David Kawananakoa, was there when the tugboat crew brought Hokget to dry land on O’ahu. She and a small group of friends made the Kaua’i Humane Society their first stop on their trip to Kaua’i on Tuesday.

“She looks happy and relaxed… ” the Princess said as Hokget posed for photographs on her lap in the quarantine-area exercise yard.

Hokget’s 120-day quarantine comes to an end Aug. 30, and KHS veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Rhoades said the Kaua’i Humane Society is already planning the going-away celebrations.

Hokget will be brought to O’ahu, where she will live with Michael and Helen Kuo, of Honolulu, friends of Hokget’s original owner, Capt. Chung Chin Po of Taiwan.

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