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.
Party Pizzazz pumps balloons full of helium and gatherings full of fun with an extensive assortment of decorations and party supplies. Event planners can conceal ceilings with radiant 11-inch latex balloons in shades ranging from sapphire blue to pink ($19.95/dozen), or pick up paper plates ($3.89+/24-pack) for serving up picnic fare or crafting makeshift pirate hats in a pinch. An array of 18-inch mylar balloons bear a plethora of birthday wishes from popular characters such as Dora the Explorer and Curious George ($3.95 each), and other designs celebrate occasions ranging from anniversaries to baby showers. Land-bound inflatables eagerly await the arrival of a 14-cubic-foot helium tank, which contains enough squeal-inducing vapor to fill 25 11-inch or 50 9-inch balloons, or raise one speaking voice roughly 29 octaves ($35 for a one-day rental).
Baby Genius's award-winning children's products teach babies and toddlers essential skills through the power of music. Based on a bounty of research, the company's DVDs enrich the learning experience by merging classical pieces and familiar songs with vibrant images, keeping kids entertained for hours. Parents can sit back while animated animal educators teach pocket-size pupils better motor skills, dictionary-defying vocabularies, vampire-free counting, and nap-inducing dance moves that ready little ones for kindergarten and beyond.
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.
The inaugural Roots by the Sea festival invites more than 20 of the island’s most popular reggae bands to converge upon Makapu’u Meadows in an all-ages jamboree honoring the birthday of rasta legend Bob Marley. Grassy meadows give way to gorgeous island views as eight hours of mellow Jamaican beats fill two stages. Headlining the rock-steady brigade, celebrated Oahu sextet The Green lets loose with the uplifting harmonies and dancehall hits that put it on Billboard’s Top 10 reggae chart. Among the score of other artists, in-demand Hawaiian party band Natural Vibrations, known to fans as Natty Vibes, produces positive energy with wind-powered dreadlocks, and Father Psalms lays down straightforward tributes to reggae greats and the spiritual life. The University of Hawaii cheerleaders inject the blissed-out atmosphere with the excitement of a dance-off, paying tribute to Bob Marley’s groundbreaking if subtle use of pom-poms in the recording studio.