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.
Children explore their curiosity and develop social skills, and moms exercise at WeePlay & Learn's 12,000-square-foot play and workout center. Developed by Mary Melzack, president and a mother of four, WeePlay's classes engage emerging senses in babies with music, motor exercises, and toys, whereas toddlers build confidence and fine motor skills as they clamber over equipment. Older tykes encounter ABCs and 123s for the first time so they can finally translate instructions and file their own taxes. Art decks the walls of the colorful, carpeted playrooms, where natural light floods through floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate children at play. Every morning at 8:20, moms take advantage of fast-paced exercise classes that rotate between Zumba, Pilates, and yoga-inspired PIYO. WeePlay's certified staffers care for infant- to preschool-age kids so that parents can exercise without worrying.
Dedicated to bringing “the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world,” PBS Hawaii airs educational television across the state. Its public broadcast programs range from national shows such as Sesame Street and Masterpiece Classics: Downton Abbey to “local stories that nobody else is doing,” according to grant writer Lynn Haff. There are programs for local Hawaiian music and sports, documentaries by Hawaiian filmmakers, and live call-in shows about current events.
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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.
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.