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.
Since 1982, the technicians at T&T Tinting Specialists have veiled the windows of homes and automobiles with films that filter out the sun’s glaring rays and protect against breakage. Over those three decades, the professionals at T&T have outfitted more than 200,000 vehicles with FormulaOne film, which shades interiors as efficiently as a personal cloud and comes fully protected under a national lifetime warranty. They also make houses more energy efficient by applying Vista Window Film to abodes’ panes, and protects them against the shattering forces of hurricanes and traveling opera singers with security films.
Pacific Junk Removal helps homes and businesses rid themselves of junk, yard waste, and unwanted furniture with speedy removal and free price estimates. Professional, uniformed technicians arrive at homesteads and office buildings to swiftly cart off any refuse, excluding hazardous waste, dirt, or other junk-removal guys who have camped out and refuse to leave. Pacific?s 12'x8'x6' truck allows its haulers to pack away electronics, construction debris, and storm cleanup easily in one trip. And, rather than simply dropping off unwanteds at the dump, Pacific Junk Removal donates useable items to Goodwill and responsibly recycles whatever it can before safely disposing of all other materials.
The House of Madness tests the valor of visitors with 30,000 square feet of frights. Tiptoe, moonwalk, or Monster Mash your way through the eerie abode, which stays open each night until 2 a.m. before shutting its doors so the terrifying tenants can read each other stories before bedtime. On Halloween night, guests to The House of Madness can pair their scares with the hauntingly dulcet tones of Rebel Souljahz, who will be serenading visitors with a live performance.
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.