Back in 1975, when Kevin Mulkern wasn't surfing, he was tending to plants with his fledgling landscaping business. He gradually became more land-bound over the years, and what began with a pickup truck, a few hand tools, and a mower expanded to include a half-acre nursery offering extensive services. Today, Kevin and his wife, Susan, continue to draw upon that expertise to run Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery, spearheading Hawaiian landscaping associations and guilds and racking up a slew of accolades in the process.
The nursery specializes in indigenous Oahu plant life as well as greenery from abroad, including colorful lotus flowers, fragrant water lilies, and more than 20 varieties of bamboo. Landscaping experts can use these blooms and more to plot and install points of interest ranging from general gardens to ponds and waterfalls, granting yards character without the hassle of gluing googly eyes to each flower.
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.
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.