Since 1988, the deal-hunters at Dry Clean Super Saver have connected customers with a trustworthy network of dry-cleaning and automotive-repair technicians. Armed with easy-to-use punch cards, clients save huge amounts money on dry cleaning and automotive maintenance, the two costliest household expenses after plumbing repair and poltergeist removal. The association of participating cleaners and garages stretches across the country, ensuring that cardholders can remove stains from a dress shirt or change an oil filter wherever they happen to be.
Tim Orden's four-decade journey as a professional photographer has been a winding one, taking him to picturesque positions including stints as a professor at the University of New Orleans and a photographer for a Hawaiian modeling school. Today, Orden coaxes unguarded moments out of subjects in stunning natural settings including Kailua Beach, Magic Island, and Kahala Beach Park. Orden’s eye for aesthetics remains keen even after the shutters settle, aiding his post-production edits that ready each print for new homes in picture frames or on self-made billboards.
Party Pizzazz pumps balloons full of helium and gatherings full of fun with an extensive assortment of decorations and party supplies. Event planners can conceal ceilings with radiant 11-inch latex balloons in shades ranging from sapphire blue to pink ($19.95/dozen), or pick up paper plates ($3.89+/24-pack) for serving up picnic fare or crafting makeshift pirate hats in a pinch. An array of 18-inch mylar balloons bear a plethora of birthday wishes from popular characters such as Dora the Explorer and Curious George ($3.95 each), and other designs celebrate occasions ranging from anniversaries to baby showers. Land-bound inflatables eagerly await the arrival of a 14-cubic-foot helium tank, which contains enough squeal-inducing vapor to fill 25 11-inch or 50 9-inch balloons, or raise one speaking voice roughly 29 octaves ($35 for a one-day rental).
Adorned in traditional Hawaiian dress, the children on the beach strum ukuleles, savor juicy bites of pineapple, and lift a conch from the shore. These scenes, from Teri Lathrop's Hawaiian Keiki series, now sell all over the island at outlets such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Longs. Along with costumed Keiki kids, Teri's shutterbug skills have earned her gigs photographing Mrs. Hawaii and a slew of famous musicians including Daughtry, The Romantics, and Heart, an autonomous internal organ and wicked drummer. She also lends her artistic eyes to expectant moms, newborns, and families, crafting posed and candid compositions both in and out of the studio—though she favors dreamy beach locales. Teri preserves her client's favorite images on archival paper with a choice of semi-mat, linen, or metallic finish.
At Windward Smiles, Dr. Russell P. Kim helms a friendly, professional staff dedicated to ensuring handsome smiles and long-term dental health with Invisalign treatments. During the treatment, which lasts 6–18 months on average, a series of form-fitted, clear plastic trays gently herds mouth bones into proper order for 22 hours each day, without unsightly and uncomfortable wires, brackets, or suspension bridges. Every two weeks, a new set of removable trays realigns enamel ridges until teeth are fully balanced and evenly adjusted. In addition to promoting beautiful smiles and unsullied grins, having a well-trained set of perfectly arranged teeth ensures the long-term health of the oral cavity, making it easier to remove plaque and spitballs hurled by unruly taste buds.
Back in 1975, when Kevin Mulkern wasn't surfing, he was tending to plants with his fledgling landscaping business. He gradually became more land-bound over the years, and what began with a pickup truck, a few hand tools, and a mower expanded to include a half-acre nursery offering extensive services. Today, Kevin and his wife, Susan, continue to draw upon that expertise to run Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery, spearheading Hawaiian landscaping associations and guilds and racking up a slew of accolades in the process.
The nursery specializes in indigenous Oahu plant life as well as greenery from abroad, including colorful lotus flowers, fragrant water lilies, and more than 20 varieties of bamboo. Landscaping experts can use these blooms and more to plot and install points of interest ranging from general gardens to ponds and waterfalls, granting yards character without the hassle of gluing googly eyes to each flower.