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.
More than 30 years ago, Tony Masamitsu took his passion for cars and turned it into Tony Group Autoplex. These days, Tony's son mans the company and holds true to his father's early ambitions to provide first-class service by treating customers as friends while providing them with new or used cars or executing maintenance services. Located just a short drive or long potato-sack race from Honolulu, the autoplex showcases a huge selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs from the likes of Honda, Volkswagen, and Nissan. In order to provide complete car care, the center also offers complimentary, eco-friendly car washes with each service.
Master tinter Tony Sumibcay's decades-long career took him across the country shading windows for clients ranging from real-estate magnates to the FBI before he set up shop in Kapolei with his son, Eric. Together, the family team protects vehicle interiors from harmful UV rays and helps reduce energy costs for homes and businesses with window tinting. Each sheet of high-tech Solar Gard film adheres to windows with a limited lifetime warranty, adding an attractive shady aesthetic to glass surfaces and shielding them from sunlight and the occasional supernova.
If you’ve ever watched the TV show Lost or seen the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, you are already familiar with the handiwork available at Exquisite Auto Detail. Highly visible clients often turn to the full-service detail shop for vehicular care, which is consistently meticulous regardless of whether the staff is handling exotic and collectible cars or everyday rides. In addition to cleaning services that include one-, two-, and three-step buffing, clay-bar applications, paint-sealant treatments, and luxurious wash-and-wax packages, the technicians perform window tinting, paintless dent removal, and auto painting.
For more than a decade, the ASE Master–certified technicians at One Stop Auto Center have tended to the automobiles of Pearl City residents and customers passing through town. Detailed inspections and oil changes allow the staff to keep cars running smoothly, unlike a marathoner that jogs on a trail of hot coals. A Bosch 3D camera system calculates the adjustments needed to restore wheels to their factory alignment settings, helping to extend the life of tires.
A crack staff of ASE-certified technicians maintains all makes and models of auto at Capital Auto Service, a repair shop open for 25 years. The team of mechanics specializes in European-made vehicles such as BMWs and Volkswagens and refurbishes clunkers into smooth steering machines with a line of repair and routine-maintenance services from oil changes to battery inspection. Patrons can drop off vehicles or rest in the air-conditioned waiting room while gazing at the big-screen television, sipping complimentary beverages, and using the free WiFi to look up their vehicles' daily horoscopes.