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).
Bali Boo embellishes interiors with handcrafted Hawaiian and imported Indonesian furniture and chic island-inspired knickknacks found in its 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 hand-picked petrified and coconut furniture from Indonesia. Store valuables or back-up monocles in a wooden jewelry box ($29–$60) or decorate for dinner parties with assorted hand-woven placemats ($12) topped by green-glass mosaic bowls rimmed with a thick layer of black ($55/set of three). Black and cream mortar-and-pestle sets ($80) smash herbs and spices, and a stone mirror ($60–$100) helps patrons draw on precise sharpie mustaches.
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.
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.
Monica Shigenaga used to dress up her american staffordshire terriers, Coco and Jordan, because it seemed to make all three of them laugh. Soon she realized that well-designed apparel could solve canine problems as well. She created cooling vests to keep her show dogs from panting wildly during training sessions, and before long, she was also making dog-size muumuus, surf shorts, and aloha shirts. Since then, her canine fashions have appeared on runways in Japan and on the Today show in the United States. They can also be found in a boutique at Cocojor Emporium & Spaw, Monica’s upscale dog spa and boarding facility, which is named for her two beloved pups.
At the spa, dogs can visit groomers for stylish haircuts and baths featuring all-natural shampoos and conditioners. Here, dogs can try Monica’s other signature product: Micro Bubbles, a bath add-on that fizzes away dirt, dead skin, and odor-causing bacteria while massaging the pup’s skin. Nearby, pups can grab treats at the Barkery, where bakers handcraft organic biscuits and dog-friendly birthday cakes. Overnight guests and doggy-daycare clients can enjoy these snacks between naps, walks, games, and cuddles from the facility’s caring staff. To make stays at the spa as relaxing as possible, a chauffeur can pick up VIP visitors or sing them lullabies in their native howls and growls.