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Paradise Rent-A-Car’s staff of easy-riding cycle renters maintains a stable of gleaming Harleys and other combustion-driven bikes, as well as a variety of four-wheeled vehicles, for drivers 18 and older. They invite roadsters to feel the muscular thrum of rubber on pavement in the cozy saddle of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, or to hurtle past sluggish vans and tortoise-drawn SUVs in a nimble Suzuki GSXR 750. To ensure the safety of the riders, they outfit customers with free helmets to protect brain domes during the rental. In addition to bikes, they also rent snorkeling gear and boogie boards for those hoping to ride chrome steeds to the nearest beach or public fountain.

1843 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

The following manuscript was recently discovered in Westminster among the personal effects of Samuel Pepys, a 17th-century English gentleman, diarist, and chief secretary of the admiralty. It is thought to be the first written evidence of the existence of tinted windows.

Thursday, 14 June 1667

Up very betimes with the great brightness of the sun, and so to meet with Sir Carteret¹, who come to speak to me on the horrible newes such as we shall hear shortly of: that for the want of boats, our Navy has been routed by the Flemings on the waters of Medway², that our sailors refuse to mount their vessels, and that want of money causes prevents Parliament from sending out a fleete for a proper answer. Then go we by water to Deptford, and to a good dinner of plain pheasant and much wine.

After dinner, Carteret shewed his new coach, which doth defend the eyes from the fury of the sun with windows painted with pitch. Back to Whitehall by coach, as sundry youths and maidens cry out at the pleasant appearance of our noble hoopty. Though without, summer heat doth oppress and sweat the rabble, I remain undisturbed, despite my seventeen 17 stone of cloth finery, powder, jewellry, and wigs. I do understand but little of it, but welcome any respite from Apollo’s rays. So to supper, and then to bed, with thoughts of vexation and jealousy for Sir Carteret’s good fortune.

¹ Sir George Carteret, member of the Privy Council and staunch Tory

² Pepys refers to the Raid on the Medway, a decisive Dutch victory in the Second Anglo–Dutch War, in which the Dutch fleet launched a surprise attack on the docks at Chatham, towing away more than a dozen English ships as well as the Royal Navy mascot—a hardtack biscuit with pasted-on googly eyes named the Rt. Hon. Captain Crisp.

2847 Awaawaloa Street
Honolulu,
HI
US

Hawaiian Island Auto Detailing Inc.'s team of technicians spruces up cars inside and out across the shop’s two Honolulu [locations] (http://gr.pn/OX7zPU). An array of interior and exterior detail packages comprise Hawaiian Island's services, many of which start with a hand wash and microfiber dry and end with add-ons such as clay-bar treatments and Vitreo paint sealant. Techs also restore headlight covers, and outfit windows with custom tints that ward off harmful UV rays better than a coat of sunblock.

Davies Pacific Center
Honolulu,
Hawaii
US

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.

488 Kamokila Boulevard
Kapolei,
HI
US

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.

Mobile
Wahiawā,
HI
US

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.

98-199 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea,
HI
US