Not just anyone can become a guide for Discover Hawaii Tours. In fact, prospective guides have to run the gauntlet of rigorous training, studying, and testing on the islands' history. But those who succeed can expound on all manner of local topics from sea turtle anatomy to Pearl Harbor facts. Only then are they qualified to lead the small, personalized tours that span Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
These themed tours share Hawaii's most treasured sights, often including the acitve volcano Mt. Kilauea and sights as small and wondrous as the darting fish in Hanauma Bay. Depending on which excursion you choose, you might have the chance to pull on a mask and flippers for a day of snorkeling or steel yourself for the fire-dancing performances at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The guides also draw on their knowledge as locals to bring groups to secluded locations, such as the beach on Oahu's North Shore where turtles are known to gather and the cove where surfers go to perfect their mating dances.
Tiffany Dalida's passion for auto detailing led her to open Hi-Line Auto Detail, calling upon her professional experience with various models to cater to each vehicle?s individual needs. The duo loosens dirt and grime strewn across car exteriors using ACS products, and performs clay-bar techniques to clear overspray and fall out garnered from the road or spontaneously combusting Slurpees. The team combines waxing, washing, and interior treatments from their list of services to form handy packages, or leaves the customization up to their patrons with ? la carte services.
For owner Nicole Robinson and the instructors at The Roof, yoga classes are about connecting with students in both the physical and spiritual sense. To encourage these connections, Nicole and her team lead sessions seven days a week from within the 2,300-square-foot Kailua Town studio, a sister studio to Hot Yoga by the Sea. Here, students of all levels improve their minds for meditation and body for flexibility during a variety of physical practice from Rock the Roof Flow to Twilight Vinyasa to Rooftop Restore. As muscles strengthen, minds can seek out inner peace on the spacious rooftop patio where twinkling string lights and panoramic views of Hamakua Marsh intermingle with the stars above and an occasional full moon during twilight yoga sessions.
To further encourage clients' search for calm, Nicole and company provide regular meditation workshops and yoga retreats as well onsite childcare services. The latter service, dubbed Yoga Playtime, provides a safe space for kids 1 year to 6 years to practice yoga and learn as parents participate in yoga classes or hide from their kids in a bathroom stall.
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.
For almost half a century, Lex Brodie's Tire, Brake & Wheel Company has nursed sickly autos back to health to help keep their cruising companions safe. The trusted business's bio-based oil change also puts a strong smile on the planet's mug, swapping out mucky mobile grease with synthetic and biodegradable 5w30 G-Oil. In addition to improving your automobile's performance, this earth-coddling petroleum can decrease your daily driving guilt, and the service includes a 38-point vehicle inspection to curb the occurrence of roadside breakdowns and subsequent read-alouds of snack nutritional labels in the voice of Darth Vader.
For more than 12 years, the detail technicians at Perfect Auto Shine have been making cars, trucks, and SUVs sparkle like new with their meticulous hand washes. They fearlessly face down automotive adversities such as mud, salt, and amorous shopping carts in parking lots with three levels of detailing, and they cap their more extensive services with clay-bar polishes. The team also offers restorative services a la carte, buffing out scuffs, shining headlights, and deodorizing interiors.