Best of Honolulu 2014: Services
The 30 editorial and reader picks for the most helpful services from our Best of Honolulu 2014 issue.
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Best Knife Sharpening
Chris Greywolf, aka Wolf, would rather be making armor and swords or leading the Khanate of the Golden Horde. But even the founder of a Mongolian living-history group has to pay the bills. Hence, Cutting Edge Sharpening. Greywolf sharpens blades for many of the meat markets and restaurants around town, including Whole Foods, Sansei Waikīkī and 3660 On The Rise. And if you really want a Japanese katana to slice through fish, he can make you that, too.
Cutting Edge Sharpening, 1822 Young St., 277-2738, by appointment only
Best Gourmet Chefs for Hire
For the ultimate dinner party, Philippe and Pierre Padovani will take over your kitchen and prepare the sort of multicourse French meal they once served at Padovani’s Grill. Although the brothers Padovani have closed their restaurant to devote themselves to making gourmet chocolate (guess what’s for dessert?), they have not lost their flair for filling dinner with French hospitality and panache. “We create a show, we speak to the guests and everybody feels great when they leave,” says Philippe. Rates start at $2,000 for six guests, and the Padovanis bring everything but the wine, which, presumably, you pull from your own personal wine cellar.
Philippe and Pierre Padovani, 536-4567, padovanichocolates.com
Best Jewelry Appraisal
Having a regular gemologist appraise your jewelry is kind of like having a geologist appraise iron ore from Mars—they both know the rock, but not necessarily the setting. When having jewelry appraised, it’s best to put a certified jewelry appraiser on the job. Karl Nakamura of Iridium Jewelry is a certified senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, as well as a second-generation jeweler who began polishing gems for his father at age 16. He also serves as an expert witness when jewelry disputes end up in court. Have him appraise your jewelry early on, and you can avoid disputes before they arise.
Karl Nakamura of Iridium Jewelry, 1162 Waimanu St., 597-8223, iridiumjewelers.com