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.
Thai Kitchen's chefs curate a dynamic menu of customizable entrees suited to a wide variety of cravings. In the curry department, chicken, pork, beef, or seafood careen through a vibrant sauce of the diner's choosing. Noodles, rice, and lemon grass broth, meanwhile, play host to fresh vegetables and meats, such as oxtail and meatballs, while eggplants and whole fish get star billing on plates of their own. At the end of a meal, diners might indulge in Thai tapioca pudding made with coconut milk, or scrapbook their dinner by stitching pages together with rice noodles.
The inventory at TCA Toys houses an enormous selection of playthings for a range of ages and interests, from Hello Kitty plush dolls and Spiderman backpacks to remote-controlled off-road trucks and mini helicopters. Toys entertain toddlers with the likes of educational Melissa & Doug 3-D puzzles and a caboodle of Hello Kitty collectibles.
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.
Designed to recreate Hawaii's native volcanic rock and its thrilling climbs, a multitude of climbing surfaces erupt throughout Volcanic Rock Gym's 3,000 square feet. From 16 feet in the air, a large top-out boulder hangs over an expanse of traversing walls, campus boards, and safety mats. Traditionalists can scale a vertical wall with the reassurance of a physical anchor on the top-rope routes, and rebellious climbers and mountain-goat impersonators can attempt the crack-climbing walls and bouldering façades. In addition, curious spelunkers can explore the bouldering cave, negotiating its ceiling holds and stubborn bats to emerge back in the gym from a massive overhang. Climbing routes change every month to present new climbing challenges and dissuade cheaters from memorizing all the foothold nibs before testing their climbing prowess.