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.
Hui Ku Maoli Ola traces its lineage back to 1999, when friends Rick Barboza and Matt Schirman established the nursery with a mission to preserve and celebrate the distinct flora of the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the company beautifies federal lands, private homes, and retail businesses with more than 100 species of native Hawaiian plants, the descendants of specimens brought from distant shores by ancient Polynesian settlers and very strong wind. The helpful crew tends to rows of waving ferns, shady trees, and flowering bushes as they restore native habitats with professional landscaping or educate students with lectures and field trips.
Helmed by a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience greeting newborns as a professional in the OB field, First Look Sonogram Hawaii's team of certified technicians introduces parents-to-be to their burgeoning offspring using an advanced General Electric Voluvision 730 sonogram machine. The routinely calibrated instrument safely scans rotund bellies, rendering high-quality 3-D and 4-D snapshots in both color and black-and-white of the developing infant as he or she mouths the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You." The expert techs can determine the baby's gender while confirming a heartbeat, amniotic fluid, and number of babies nestled inside. Adding permanence to the experience, recordings of the session are available on DVD and the accommodating staff can even craft a sonogram music video from the footage.