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.
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.
During the 45- to 60-minute mani-pedi, Nicole Christian, who has more than 14 years of nail-makeover experience, trims overgrown cuticles and claws after they've soaked in a soothing whirlpool bath. Next, Nicole massages legs and feet with a salt scrub, dislodges calluses, and gives quilting tips. A bright lacquered shield in your choice of color then protects digit keratin caps. During nail rejuvenation, complimentary purified water, coffee, or herbal tea refreshes insides, and minds relax even more knowing that the salon's $2 validated parking, good for up to 2.5 hours, secures coveted spots for cars and hovercrafts.
K9 Kokua was formed when a group of dog lovers began feeding and helping care for Opu, a dog belonging to a houseless member of the community. Volunteers soon became aware of a growing need for basic pet care for animals belonging to the houseless population in Waianae and throughout Hawaii. Over time, the group has formed bonds with many more dogs and their owners, helping provide everything from pet food and flea shampoo to spay or neuter procedures and microchipping services. Along with giving these dogs emergency veterinary care and food, volunteers provide love and affection, helping the dogs maintain as normal a life as possible in their difficult circumstances.
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Helmed by a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience greeting newborns as a professional in the OB field, First Look Sonogram Hawaii's team of certified technicians introduces parents-to-be to their burgeoning offspring using an advanced General Electric Voluvision 730 sonogram machine. The routinely calibrated instrument safely scans rotund bellies, rendering high-quality 3-D and 4-D snapshots in both color and black-and-white of the developing infant as he or she mouths the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You." The expert techs can determine the baby's gender while confirming a heartbeat, amniotic fluid, and number of babies nestled inside. Adding permanence to the experience, recordings of the session are available on DVD and the accommodating staff can even craft a sonogram music video from the footage.
In 1897, the first Hawaiian Humane Society officers ventured out on horseback, investigating claims of animal cruelty across Oahu with a newfound legal authority. Apart from acting as physical advocates, they raised public awareness about the proper care of work animals and demonstrated how to conduct humane treatment and feeding.
Today, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s overarching principle remains much the same: to promote the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. The organization’s staff and volunteers care for cats, dogs, and all animals that have been abandoned or neglected, advocating for animal welfare in the law and among the public. The organization's 30 programs and services include sterilization treatments and educational services, and its animal-cruelty officers have been deputized by the Honolulu Police Department to investigate cases of cruelty and neglect. Though they do not have the power to arrest people, they can mandate veterinarian services and issue citations and court summonses for complaints against pet owners.