When educator Nicole Kealoha set out to enrich her community, she harnessed the vibrant power of hip-hop and urban culture to captivate young people. Her nonprofit Diverse Art Center, launched in 2008, seeks to foster connections between youths and the community via enriching and engaging instruction from professional artists. The accomplished teachers and artists—including leading local art figure Shaun Castro and award-winning dancer Josh Skittle—strive to instill positive values and self-esteem in their pupils as they shepherd them through the many mediums that comprise hip-hop culture, including dance, music, and the visual arts. No fewer than five area schools participate in the center's fitness-focused Healthy Hip-Hop program, and daily urban art instruction includes tutorials in hip-hop lettering, break dancing, and beatboxing with inner-city kangaroos.
Bali Boo carefully selects each piece of Hawaiian and imported Indonesian furniture, as well as the chic island-inspired knickknacks found in the store’s 15,000-square-foot showroom. The shop's three floors teem with high-end koa and mango furniture from local island woodcrafters, as well as handpicked petrified and coconut furniture from Indonesia.
MD Restoration Maui is ready 24/7 for emergency water extraction. Its staff of certified, insured technicians can also rush in for water-cleanup and mold-removal services. And for homes hit hard by disasters, the staff can come in to assess and assuage damage from flood or fire. Beyond restoration services, techs also clean carpets soiled by muddy runoff and indoor mud runs.
Certified by The IICRC, MD Cleaning & Restoration began in 2002 as a residential cleaning company, soon expanding its services to include everything from carpet cleaning to 24-hour emergency water extraction. After such damaging floods, a tag-team duo comprised of an indoor environmentalist and a microbial investigator can monitor and maintain healthy living conditions by expunging harmful bacteria and mold. MD Cleaning & Restoration is also a licensed general contractor, repairing and remodeling homes or offices and demolishing hazardous M.C. Escher staircases.
Bougainville’s huge warehouse facility houses more than 300,000 square feet of bipedal runway including carpet, vinyl, wood, and tile. Unfurl Stainmaster brand carpet ($.99+/sq. ft.) over high-traffic areas, replace worn-out kitchen floors with Armstrong vinyl flooring ($.79+/sq. ft.), or add a touch of class to rabbit hutches with marble covering ($2.99+/sq. ft. by cartons only). Customers can run their arches along a collection of more than 1,000 carpet remnants or buttress bare feet with a selection of Tommy Bahama and Kathy Ireland area rugs. The friendly staff offers assistance seven days a week, perfect for midweek floor-sprucing emergencies or weekend getaways rolled inside a plush shag.
Artists at Pacific Soul Tattoo draw from 30 years of collective experience to ink custom art onto skin. Specialists in Asian- and Polynesian-styled tattoos, the needle-drawers regularly pay homage to clients’ heritage with buzzed-about traditional tribal designs or vivid sketches of Grandma’s pot roast. During a 30-minute consultation, clients chat with artists to describe their ideal body art, from black-and-white patterns to full-color portraits. Artists sketch original designs before transforming blank skin into a vibrant canvas. As some designs may take more than one hour, Groupon holders should confer with artists to determine the total duration and potential additional cost of large tattoos, complex designs, or decorating their every freckle with a visor. In addition to rigorously upholding sanitary standards such as sterilizing all equipment and discarding all disposable items after a single use, the shop’s tattoo artists are certified in blood-borne pathogens and can identify a germ from 10 paces.