North Shore Surf Adventures' instructors funnel their experience and enthusiasm for wave riding into tutoring all ages in surfing fundamentals during two-hour lessons. Classes wade into the waters of Oahu's North Shore beaches—known for their clear summertime waters, enormous winter waves, and appearance in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. When students call to reserve a spot, North Shore Surf Adventures' oceanic experts work with them to pick the best locale based on wave conditions. Students can opt to bring their own gear or instructors can outfit pupils with surfboards, rash guards, and leashes to restrain overexcited boards.
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.
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 25 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.
DJ's Motorsports' 10,000-square-foot facility employs a full arsenal of machinery to tune, tweak, and maintain cars and trucks, enhancing vehicles' functionality and image with an array of services and accessories. Three full-service oil changes restore the innards of a hardworking automobile, as a skilled technician bestows a new filter, air filter, and wiper blades; inspects tires; and refills fluids in thirsty trekkers for better drivability and less horn snoring. Proud owners choosing the section option can reward hardworking road huggers with any of DJ's accessories or services. A new exhaust system breathes new life into cars ($200+) or trucks ($325+), improving performance without having to bribe rides down the highway by hanging a picture of a two-car garage in front of them. In a variety of sizes and colors, a new set of wheels ($1,000+) or shiny new rims come expertly installed with the shop's modern, safety ensuring mounting services.
For almost half a century, Lex Brodie's Tire, Brake & Wheel Company has nursed sickly autos back to health to help keep their cruising companions safe. The trusted business's bio-based oil change also puts a strong smile on the planet's mug, swapping out mucky mobile grease with synthetic and biodegradable 5w30 G-Oil. In addition to improving your automobile's performance, this earth-coddling petroleum can decrease your daily driving guilt, and the service includes a 38-point vehicle inspection to curb the occurrence of roadside breakdowns and subsequent read-alouds of snack nutritional labels in the voice of Darth Vader.