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 1.5-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 offers a variety of tropical plants, 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.
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.
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.
Pono Home's sustainability consultants assess residences to help homeowners and renters figure out ways to reduce utility bills and improve the overall wellness of their families. During a typical session, an expert sweeps the entire home and identifies specific energy-draining culprits, such as appliances or the many extension cords leading back to the neighbor's home. The consultant can also check the cupboards for unhealthy GMO ingredients and offer suggestions for healthier overall food storage.
Helmed by a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience greeting newborns as a professional in the OB field, First Look Sonogram Hawaii's team of certified technicians introduces parents-to-be to their burgeoning offspring using an advanced General Electric Voluvision 730 sonogram machine. The routinely calibrated instrument safely scans rotund bellies, rendering high-quality 3-D and 4-D snapshots in both color and black-and-white of the developing infant as he or she mouths the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You." The expert techs can determine the baby's gender while confirming a heartbeat, amniotic fluid, and number of babies nestled inside. Adding permanence to the experience, recordings of the session are available on DVD and the accommodating staff can even craft a sonogram music video from the footage.