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Rescue Your Stuff

We’ve scoured Honolulu for the quickest, easiest and most reliable repair ideas. If you don’t need this now, count your blessings and bookmark this story for future use—sooner or later, you’ll have to fix your stuff.


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Photo by David Croxford

Iron under fire:  Tom Fukuzono repairs a golf club.
You let that bunker get the best of you, and you took it out on your brand-new sand wedge.

Solution: For more than 30 years, Tom Fukuzono has been repairing broken golf club shafts, in addition to smaller fixes, like replacing worn or ill-fitting grips.
“I ask customers a lot of questions, so I can fit the shaft to their swing,” Fukuzono says. “I ask about the ball’s movement and what they want it to do.” Having trouble controlling the ball? Is your trajectory too low? Or too high? Fukuzono can make recommendations that’ll change the way you play the game. Pro-Am Golf Shop, 1159 Kapiolani Blvd., 596-2911.


You sat on your son’s ukulele.

Solution: Nathan Ching of Guitar Smith has seen and fixed it all—dinged-up ukulele, guitar bridges that have come unglued, even a vintage Martin K5 ukulele that needed a complete restoration. Since 1992, the former carpenter has channeled his love of woodworking and music into repairing and building stringed instruments. But you don’t have to wait till something goes wrong to pay Ching a visit. “Almost any guitar or ukulele could be improved in its playability,” he says. “When it’s brand new, it might sound good, but it’s not set up for the particular person. It’s like tuning a car so it runs well.” 1265 Kuuna St., Kailua, 263-2358.


The treadmill isn’t in the mood for a workout.

Solution: Heavy Metal Barbell in Kaimuki. The local company is a licensed dealer for Life Fitness equipment, but it will troubleshoot any brand of machine—even if you didn’t buy it there. While cheap elliptical trainers may be beyond repair, higher-end machines usually have interchangeable parts that can be easily swapped out to get you and your treadmill running in no time. Heavy Metal Barbell makes house calls; troubleshooting starts at $50. 449 Waialae Ave., 734-1267.


Your board had a run-in with the reef.

Solution: “We fix anything,” says Ding King Neriya Birman. “Anything!” With locations in town as well as Kailua and free North Shore pick up and delivery, The Ding King Surfboard Repair is here to serve clumsy or unfortunate surfers all around Oahu. From minor dings to broken boards, it can have you back in the lineup within a few days for most repairs. You can even rent a replacement board for as little as $5 while they repair yours. Estimates are free. 545 Kamani St., 596-2324.


No time to get to your to-do list.

Solution: You need a good, old-fashioned handyman, such as Denis Shigemura. “I started as a regular carpenter on job sites, but when the jobs got slow, I went out on my own,” says Shigemura. “I’ve been busy ever since.”  Most often, homeowners and property managers call on Shigemura to repair termite damage, remodel kitchens and bathrooms or install or repair windows. “I do just about everything, add electrical outlets, fix leaky pipes, reroute plumping, lay down ceramic tile and wood flooring.” He works by the hour, with a four-hour minimum. Rates vary from $20 to $75 an hour and up, depending on the complexity of the job. Custom Carpentry and Repair, 282-6090.

Photo by Sergio Goes

The wheel deal, Benjamin Takayesu helps bikes get back in gear.

That ecofriendly bike has a flat tire.

Solution: Just down the road from McCully Bicycle and Sporting Goods is its warehouse. When we ask for directions, the woman on the phone tells us we can’t miss it: “You’ll see a bunch of guys fixing bikes.” Those guys, three full-time and several part-time mechanics, will tune up any kind of bike, including triathlon bikes, racing bikes, beach cruisers and mountain bikes. A simple tune-up of the breaks, shifting and bottom brackets will set you back around $20. Walk-ins—or ride-ins—are welcome. 932 Hausten St., 946-1192.

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