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.
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.
With the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands providing the scenic backdrop, Bridal Dream Hawaii fills in the rest of the details on couples' big days. The wedding specialists offer packaged and à la carte services such as officiants, photographers, flowers, and transportation for beach weddings, as well as more deluxe add-ons including hotel stays and musicians. Wedding coordinator Robert Hamilton is on hand to field questions and inspire ideas by suggesting scenic stretches of sand for the ceremony or tasty tide pools for the cocktail hour.
• For $20, you get the Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour (a $49.50 value). • For $32, you get the Grand Circle island tour (a $79.50 value). VIP Transportation ushers lei-laden travelers around Oahu with shuttle services and guided tours to the island’s natural and supernatural attractions. The five-hour Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour starts by hauling adventurers directly to the historic waters of the 1941 Japanese attack, where they can board the U.S.S. Arizona memorial. From there, the journey proceeds to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, illustrating the story of Hawaii’s transition from a monarchy into a U.S. state as it weaves through sites such as the state capitol and Iolani Palace—a royal palace on U.S. soil and backup storeroom for Hawaii Five-O film reels. The tour departs between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and returns between noon and 1:00 p.m.
The crew at MOD Industries keeps rides looking fresh on the road with basic and advanced modifications for cars of all makes and models. They carry wheels in all styles from sizes 15–24 inches, which they cover with tires from brands such as Yokohama, Pirelli, Hankook, and Kumho. They outfit cars with custom grills and lights as well as performance parts, such as intakes, suspension, and brakes that can stop on a dime or any other bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, they're authorized to deal Smartwax to give cars a show-room-quality shine as well as other chrome, wheel, and auto accessories.