Big Wave Dave Surf Co.'s staff of experienced wave riders hits the shores of Waikiki Beach for private and small-group lessons in surfing, standup paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. Each instructor's résumé boasts at least 10 years of teaching experience, an extensive knowledge of first aid, and at least one semester as Poseidon's college intern. During classes, first-time surfers learn the basics on land before heading into the warm waters to hang their first 10, whereas advanced riders barrel out into the waves atop fiberglass and epoxy boards. Outrigger canoes recall ancient Hawaiians' exploration of Oahu's colorful reefs, and standup paddleboards combine an intense workout with clear views of the pristine waters below. The shop also offers daily and long-term rentals of equipment, with complimentary delivery and pickup from local hotels.
Joseph Sirotkin founded DynaServ more than 45 years ago, on the principle that customer service stands out when it comes to landscape maintenance. His staffers are subject to background checks, formal training, and wacky inflatable hurdles before they begin work, during which they proudly wear official uniforms. They install and maintain landscapes for homes and businesses, performing services that include irrigation, pest control, and hurricane restoration. The company’s garden center also boasts 25 acres of plants, pots, figurines, and accessories to outfit green-thumbed shoppers.
For more than 65 years, this bastion of blossoms has promoted indoor pollination with colorful flowers in a wide array of artfully arranged bouquets. The Burst of Autumn bouquet ($42.50) showcases a clear glass vase festooned with asiatic lilies, chrysanthemums, and roses in shades of clementine and yellow, with the vessel dressed for sweater weather in an orange satin ribbon. Patrons can gift six red roses ($39.95) to a significant other for Valentine’s Day, or befuddle a parking-meter cop after a ticketing spree. Shoppers can cultivate their lapel appeal with a soft lavender corsage ($24.95) or their wrist moxie with a green orchid boutonniere ($29.95). The Teleflora Party Bear bouquet ($35) flaunts an entourage of carnations, chrysanthemums, and larkspur in a glass vase embraced by a loveable happy-birthday bear, which induces sweet sighs without the repercussions of gift-wrapping a live grizzly.
The exterminators from Palmer Pest Management wield organic bait and chemical sprays to rid interiors and exteriors of such menaces as mosquitoes, roaches, ants, and bedbugs. Their prevention and control services commence with a detailed inspection of the entire building to uncover the spots where pests would likely be hiding, such as nests underneath floorboards. The technicians then apply a liquid or granular formulation around entry points, and, as necessary, place odorless, harmless baits and gels on the interior. Regular upkeep can help homeowners fend off an array of concerns that arise from pests, such as roach dust, diseases from rodents, and time wasted explaining that dragonflies aren’t as cool as they sound.