Frame-Arts Hawaii's staff crafts attractive hangings that serve to protect their contents with such amenities as acid-free mat boards and nonreflective glass. Hundreds of framing choices stack up inside the shop, drawing the eye as soon as it rolls in the door. In addition to framing traditional artwork and photographs, the staff offers services for displaying sports jerseys, mirrors, and collections of autographed Social Security cards.
The Boom Boom Room Karaoke's repertoire of Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, and English instrumental tracks keeps persons of all singing abilities occupied for hours. The space boasts five smaller private rooms and two larger ones, each outfitted with high-definition flat screens with DVD and auxiliary input options that can accommodate PlayStations, Xboxs, and portable imaginations. Guests can also bring their own stage-fright-quelling libations until midnight.
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.
Groups of up to six family, friends, and charismatic strangers can strike their favorite poses in one of Fun Pix Inc.'s seven photo booths. Sessions last anywhere from 8 to 20 minutes, owing to each booth's many editing and customization options. A variety of booth themes helps capture the style desired, including the glamorous So Beautiful 3 or the mischievous Love Joker. After printing out the photo sheets, which double as stickers, patrons can sit and cut out their photos to trade with friends. Fun Pix Inc. also boasts a selection of cell phone cases and accessories.
Inside Bali Designs' showroom, customers find an exotic selection of imported and artfully crafted items sourced from Indonesia and around the world. Eco-friendly hardwoods such as teak, mahogany, and suar form furniture for every room, comprising custom and ready-made pieces that are both durable and insect resistant. Banana leaves, water hyacinth stems, and rattan are woven into everything from lightweight chairs and sofas to hypoallergenic baskets and other non-toxic decorative accents, lending a tropical air to any living room, patio, or live-in pantry.
In addition to its ecologically and economically sustainable furniture, the company also helps to support Balinese communities by donating a percentage of sales to a clinic in Nyuhkuning and offering to referee the town’s youth soccer league.
The pastry chefs at Regal Bakery work hard to never stop surprising their customers, whether with bold new donut flavors, such as rocky road, berryblast, and green tea, or brand new foodie trends. Hot on the trail of the cronut craze, they created their own version of a croissant-donut and even experimented with bite-sized croissant morsels, dubbed “crototts,” which can be dipped in chocolate sauce, azuki bean crème anglaise, or bronze to put atop crotott-eating trophies. According to a profile of the bakery in the “Dining Out” section of the Star Advertiser, Regal Bakery stocks more than 20 donut flavors at a time and revives popular flavors from their past on Throwback Wednesdays.