HUNTER HASKINS | writer
“I had a hard time finding words for these swords,” says writer Hunter Haskins of this issue's Collections feature, “To the Hilt,” on page 98. “I think the pictures in this issue are stunning, but seeing and holding them in real life is overwhelming,” says Haskins. Robert Benson of Honolulu has collected swords and other ancient weapons from Japan since he was first stationed there in 1966. Haskins was given an exclusive look at the collection of partially and fully restored swords manufactured as far back at the 1300s. Haskins also contributes to Hana Hou! magazine. He has lived and studied martial arts in Honolulu for 10 years.