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.
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.
Bali Boo carefully selects each piece of Hawaiian and imported Indonesian furniture, as well as the chic island-inspired knickknacks found in the store’s 15,000-square-foot showroom. The shop's three floors teem with high-end koa and mango furniture from local island woodcrafters, as well as handpicked petrified and coconut furniture from Indonesia.