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.
At the base of the Ko'olau Mountains, Robin Petersen and her team of gardeners coax blooms from flowers as well as nourish vines, shrubs, and trees. They, and others, have contributed to the care of the 20-acre farm since 1978, when Robin's mother, Sharon, planted the first seeds.
Although the gardeners at Sharon's Plants often work with professional landscapers, they welcome beginning gardeners. They'll happily lead visitors through their inventory, and they can advise on topics such as which plants to use for privacy or what species of bamboo to serve at a panda wedding.
Skaters of all ages zoom around the synthetic ice of The Kaka’ako Christmas Wonderland’s eco-friendly rink before reveling in a plethora of holiday activities. Spanning 30’x60’, Hawaii’s first synthetic rink beckons patrons to strap on skates and show off their skills by gliding hand in hand with a partner, making double-axel spins, or surreptitiously carving love notes to low-flying extraterrestrials. An all-day pass gives skaters the chance to come and go as they please, giving ankles a break as guests go visit Santa or indulge in seasonal crafts set to Christmas music. Meanwhile, little ones can bounce in the collection of inflatable playscapes that grant kids a safe space to hop and jump, unlike ill-considered ball pits on the edge of a skyscraper.
The fully insured and bonded technicians at Kaimana Cleaning Service LLC keep homes and commercial spaces sparkling with services designed to make them more comfortable. Wielding commercial-size vacuums, cleaning teams suck up crumbs across carpets and hone in on more detailed areas, such as windows, appliances, or behind a grandfather clock's ears. Services are available for standard cleaning, as well as for move-out, move-in, and pre- and post-party cleaning. Bringing their signature attention to detail to each job, Kaimana’s crews treat each space as their own and also have experience working with elderly and disabled clients.