Ansible Communications takes its name from a faster-than-light communications device often found in the pages of science-fiction novels, hinting at the company's commitment to innovation. It connects people, companies, and government agencies throughout the Pacific Rim with the latest in networking and communication software and equipment. Skilled contractors and technology experts tackle tasks as diverse as protecting data with cloud backups to drop-shipping servers to remote locales and alternate universes. They also provide flexible staff-training programs to help businesses educate their employees in the fields of office software and IP routing.
At the base of the Ko'olau Mountains, Robin Petersen and her team of gardeners coax blooms from flowers as well as nourish vines, shrubs, and trees. They, and others, have contributed to the care of the 20-acre farm since 1978, when Robin's mother, Sharon, planted the first seeds.
Although the gardeners at Sharon's Plants often work with professional landscapers, they welcome beginning gardeners. They'll happily lead visitors through their inventory, and they can advise on topics such as which plants to use for privacy or what species of bamboo to serve at a panda wedding.
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.
Animal-lovers at Calvin & Susie cater to four-legged customers, stocking premium chow, toys constructed from safe materials, and an array of wag-worthy gear. U.S.-made and durable toys such as floating throws, chews, and stuffed animals entertain dogs, and kittens can paw a Fling-ama-string cat toy ($30) or muse over back issues of The New Yorker. Calvin & Susie’s homemade treats ($7) incorporate crisp, human-grade ingredients and come in pooch-pleasing flavors such as peanut hearts and bacon bones and strips. Happy hounds dip muzzles into premium dog food, such as Great Life dry buffalo kibble baked without filler and animal byproducts ($47/17 lbs.). Bubble Shack dog wash ($12/16 oz.) and Nordic Naturals pet supplements ($15) maintain coats healthier than Olympians' track jackets, and shelves of gear for birds, fish, and bunnies keep smaller pets well-stocked with tasty nibbles.
“See it, touch it, try it,” entreats the slogan of the As Seen On TV Store, displaying a braggadocio borne of an earned confidence. For more than 20 years, the retailers have slung nationally recognized products ranging from cleaning supplies and kitchen tools to electronics, toys and games, and health and beauty products.