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.
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.
A couple proclaiming their commitment to each other, barefoot on the beach with the sunlight dancing on the ocean behind them—this is a dream come true with the help of Wedding Day Hawaii. The officiant guides the couples "I do's," as photographer Rei Mooney snaps brilliant photographs with picturesque backdrops. Her experience in fine art and model photography influences every shot, whether candid or posed, to preserve memories of that beautiful day in the tropics.
In 1988, Natalie Brown-Aiwohi began working as a makeup artist at Headshots Hawaii. A month later, she was promoted to manager. In 2010, after 22 years as manager, Brown-Aiwohi purchased the studio herself and built a new location to house it at the Aiea Town Square. Immediately, she transformed a franchise that had been known for its 1980s-style glitz into a full-service photography studio that captures images of clients just as they are. “After all the glitz and glam, people wanted to look like themselves—they wanted more of a natural look,” Brown-Aiwohi told Pacific Business News in 2010, shortly after the move.
Today, Headshots Hawaii is the only remaining Headshots franchise of dozens that had opened in the 1980s and 1990s, and Brown-Aiwohi’s dream is still going strong. As a partner of the Miss Hawaii Pageant, Headshots Hawaii snaps photos of reigning Miss Hawaiis, drawing on Brown-Aiwohi’s experience as a former pageant queen and model. Photographers also shoot images for weddings, businesses, aspiring models, and airtight alibis, tailoring the style to suit the client. Brown-Aiwohi gives back to the community with charitable work, such as supporting events to benefit homeless teens.
In locations throughout the West Coast and beyond, Al Phillips the Cleaner models their service on the speed of bunnies, boasting same-day service on standard items. They also happen to care for the environment of bunnies by using an organic solvent. Men's and women's shirts fly out free of stains and discoloration, followed by skirts, pants, and superhero costumes—even Clark Kent gets cavalier with salsa. The fastidious cleaners also tackle sewing alterations, formal wear, and trickier items such as shoes, purses, and leather or suede.
To owner Jessica Simmons, Precious Paws is more than just a pet project. She studied shelter management at a farmed-animal sanctuary, where she provided health care and companionship to more than 100 rescued animals––dogs, sheep, and bulls to name a few. This, along with being a lifelong animal lover, gives her special expertise in caring for any creature, whether it be a dog, cat, horse, rabbit, or wide-eyed politician. Jessica can provide quick dog walks or more elaborate field trips or home stays.