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.
A crack staff of ASE-certified technicians maintains all makes and models of auto at Capital Auto Service, a repair shop open for more than 20 years. The team of mechanics specializes in European-made vehicles such as BMWs and Volkswagens and refurbishes clunkers into smooth steering machines with a line of repair and routine-maintenance services from oil changes to battery inspection. Patrons can drop off vehicles or rest in the air-conditioned waiting room while gazing at the big-screen television, sipping complimentary beverages, and using the free WiFi to look up their vehicles' daily horoscopes.
For more than a decade, the ASE Master–certified technicians at One Stop Auto Center have tended to the automobiles of Pearl City residents and customers passing through town. Detailed inspections and oil changes allow the staff to keep cars running smoothly, unlike a marathoner that jogs on a trail of hot coals. A Bosch 3D camera system calculates the adjustments needed to restore wheels to their factory alignment settings, helping to extend the life of tires.
Earning an arsenal of awards for top-notch service, Shea Mirafuentes coddles collectable and workaday cars, choppers, and street bikes with an engineer's precision and an artist's eye. Using premium products, the meticulous roadster-revitalizer turns bedraggled buggies into model road-citizens, starting with a tire, rim, and wheel well deep cleaning. The luxury hand wash gently shampoos auto husks, removing unsightly road grime and incriminating road signs. Sedans get a dust and debris detox as auto-internists vacuum interiors and trunks, and rub down dashboards, consoles, air vents, and cup holders with microfiber towels. Finally, attentive technicians restore a resplendent luster to paintjobs with natural carnauba waxes, leaving hatchbacks confident enough to flirt with sporty coupes at traffic lights.
The expert carriage cleaners at Auto Detail Aces return vehicles to road-ready luster with professional washes and detailing services. After vehicles soak in sudsy streams, experienced auto techs tenderly dab droplets with a soft wash mitt and chamois cloth. Spray-wax solutions galvanize shells against hazards including sudden rain showers or drive-by food fights. Doorjambs and trunk hinges swing open squeak-free after de-greasing treatments, and tired treads give up collected highway grime during precision de-gunkings. Inside, vacuums suck dirt and debris from carpets, and interior deodorizers freshen the air, masking the musk of spilled food, mildew, and the deer that just joined your carpool. Roadsters also don shady window tints and daubs of touchup paint to keep interiors cool and exteriors smooth and glossy. When not busy restoring vehicular vigor, Auto Detail Aces donates to the Koko Head Lions Club to support schools and the local community.