When it comes to spearfishing, Westside Dive and Tackle founder Kris Tyler considers using scuba tanks as cheating. So when he suits up to spearfish, the seasoned outdoorsman plunges 20 feet below the water’s surface, holds his breath in the stillness, and waits: “You become a part of the reef or rock, and you wait for the perfect situation—for the one fish that might give you that really good shot.” A self-described “water baby,” Kris has been swimming and fishing in Hawaii and Florida since childhood. Most of all, he loves the way spearfishing enables him to connect with the underwater universe and partake in a tradition Hawaiians have enriched for generations.
In addition to his spearfishing expeditions, Mr. Tyler totes explorers to his favorite sunken wrecks and lava caverns off the coast of Oahu on scuba-diving charters, and equips them to chart their own expeditions or challenge blowfish to staring contests during scuba-diving certification.
The inventory at TCA Toys houses an enormous selection of playthings for a range of ages and interests, from Hello Kitty plush dolls and Spiderman backpacks to remote-controlled off-road trucks and mini helicopters. Educational toys entertain toddlers with the likes of Melissa & Dough 3-D puzzles, and a caboodle of Hello Kitty collectibles take the form of walkie-talkies, headbands, and complex instruction manuals on how to properly groom one’s whiskers.
The stylists at Studio 6 Salon & Spa transform clients’ hair with cuts, colors, and other styling services. KeraSmooth keratin treatments leave locks sleek, and Forever Blonde coloring treatments lighten hair and make it grab people’s attention like a howler monkey in a library.
House of Aria clads ladies of all ages in chic, comfortable clothing and also arms them with handbags and accessories. Shoppers can purchase a black chiffon top that bares one shoulder, coyly showcasing a remarkable beauty mark shaped like Benjamin Franklin ($39). Garb torsos in the pink folds of an open-back dress ($39) and skip the struggle of matching tops to bottoms with a one-piece polka-dot romper ($42). A round rhinestone handbag hanger ($14) glimmers to prevent owners from leaving behind purses containing valuable items such as keys, wallets, and emergency stashes of ham. The boutique receives new duds every one–two weeks, and its fashionistas stock only a few items of each style to reduce incidences of mistaken cardigan identity.
Made by hand in the heart of Hawaii, Hawaiian Seat Covers Company’s seat covers protect rides with four-layer, waterproof Neoprene padded fabric. With different designs to fit front and back seats, the covers display tropical, Hawaiian-themed floral prints that are designed to fit all makes and models of car.