Best of Honolulu 2015: Services

The 41 editorial and readers’ pick for the most helpful services from our Best of Honolulu 2015 issue.


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Best of Services Readers’ Pick

Best Landscaper

Photo: David Croxford

Mulkern Landscaping & Nursery, our readers’ top pick for the best landscapers in Honolulu, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Over those four decades, Kevin and Susan Mulkern have cultivated a purposely small, devoted clientele base. “It’s a family business, and my dad has wanted to keep things on a small, personal scale,” says daughter and assistant vice president Dorothy Mulkern. “He knows all his customers by name.” The company offers a full range of services, from garden maintenance to ponds and waterfalls, and Dorothy says one of the biggest benefits they provide is their network of related experts. “Our customers usually value their gardens and want someone they can trust,” she says. “Someone who can spot problems before they get worse. You need somebody who knows when to call a mason because a wall next to the garden is breaking down. Or when to call an arborist. It’s not just about the landscape itself, but about paying attention to the surroundings.” Remember, the nursery is only open on Saturdays.

41-639 Kaulukanu St., Waimānalo, 396-6595,


Best Eyelash Extensions 

Photo: Courtesy of Luxe Lashes

“What sets us apart? We’re more of a beauty boutique,” says Leann Kirk of Luxe Lashes. “We customize the different looks for each customer after an initial consultation to find out about their lifestyle, what look best suits them.” Kirk’s technicians go through a six-month training and apprenticeship. “We are known for excellent service and highest-quality products, which includes the assurance that all of our technicians are licensed and certified,” adds Kirk. “We also provide a different ambiance. Husbands and boyfriends are welcome to come and wait.” Customers choose between Prime Silk, Faux Mink and Authentic Siberian Mink, but also between levels of technicans and price points: $250/senior, $150/junior, $100/apprentice and $300 for Kirk herself.

Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., 2-E; 566-0929,


Best Laser Hair Removal

With some of the most advanced technology on the market, treatments that last a mere 15 to 30 minutes and a sparkling, luxe facility that puts guests at ease, Honolulu MedSpa has a bevy of devoted followers who are smitten with their smooth new skins. Not to mention that it emphasizes absolutely painless procedures in its laser hair removal. (Honolulu MedSpa was the first laser hair removal facility to introduce the painless Soprano ICE technology to Hawai‘i.) All procedures come with a free consultation in order to discern how to best and most comfortably tackle a client’s skin tone and hair texture within a schedule that fits the client’s needs. Treatment areas range from upper lips and chins to legs and bikini areas.

1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888, 


Best Car Rental

For O‘ahu residents, renting a car isn’t just a vacation thing—it’s a real-life thing. Sometimes we’re moving and need extra space, or our own car is in the shop for a few days—either way, we usually are in no mood to make a long side trip to the airport. That Enterprise has locations not just at the airport but spread through town and even in Kailua makes it much easier to rent a car without throwing off our hectic schedules. No wonder HONOLULU’s readers voted Enterprise as their favorite car rental option. 


Best Veterinarian

Since opening in 2010, the Kaka‘ako Pet Hospital has impressed pet lovers with its full range of services, from medical to alternative treatments to grooming and boarding. But readers really gush about Dr. Pauline Koreyasu, a DVM who also specializes in veterinarian dentistry, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, citing her openness and creative approach to treatment and rehabilitation. Born and raised on the Windward Side, she is joined by Big Island native Dr. Warren Sakamoto, DVM, who recently returned to Hawai‘i after 30 years in practice in Long Beach, California. Reflecting his passion for continuing education in best practices, Sakamoto is the only Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the state.

815 Queen St., 592-9999,


Best Auto Detailer

Capone’s Ultimate Detailing

844 Queen St., 457-1519,


Best Auto-Insurance Company


711 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 300, 593-1010, 


Best Automotive Repair

Lex Brodie’s Tire, Brake and Service Co.

Multiple locations,


Best Bank

Bank of Hawai‘i

Multiple locations,


Best Catering & Event Planning

Gourmet Events Hawai‘i

1917 Colburn St., 735-7788,


Best Cell Phone Service


Multiple locations,


Best Chiropractor

Global Health Chiropractic

677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 914, (808) 521-9686,


Best Cleaning Service

Maid in O‘ahu

333 Saratoga Road, #89602, 664-0036,


Best Cosmetic Surgery

Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery

1401 S. Beretania St., Suite 888, 585-8855


Best Dry Cleaner

Hakuyosha Clean Living

Multiple locations,


Best Financial Advisors

Edward Jones

1001 Bishop St., #1080,    


Best General Contractor

Atlas Construction

1302 N. School St., 951-9500,


Best Hair Salon

W Salon

401 Kamakee St. Suite 104, 943-2700,


Best Handyman Service

ABC Handyman Hawai‘i

430 Lewers St., 722-1120,


Best Home Appliance Store


Multiple locations,


Best Home-Insurance Company

State Farm


Best Home Painters

Bernardo’s Painting

94-716 Lanikūhana Ave., Mililani, 384-0864,


Best Home Security Service

Alert Alarm of Hawai‘i

2668 Waiwai Loop, 521-5000,


Best Internet Service Provider

Oceanic Time Warner Cable Road Runner


Best Luxury Car Dealer

Servco Lexus-Honolulu

650 Kapi‘olani Blvd., 545-3987, 


Best Mani/Pedi Spa

Heaven on Earth Salon and Day Spa

1050 Alakea St., 599-5501,


Best Pest Control Company

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions

96-1385 Waihona St., Building A, Pearl City, 456-7716,


Best Plumbing Service

Diamond Head Plumbing

1039 11th Ave., 734-4344,


Best Pool Service

O‘ahu Pool & Spa

4218 Wai‘alae Ave., 735-4548,


Best Real Estate Firm

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty

4211 Wai‘alae Ave., Box 9050, 738-3600,


Best Retirement Community

Kāhala Nui

4389 Malia St., 218-7200,


Best Roofing Company

David’s Custom Roofing & Painting

96-1217 Waihona St., Second Floor, Pearl City, 833-1633,


Best Solar Company


210 Ward Ave., Suite 140, 748-8888,


Best Storage Company

Hawai‘i Self Storage

Multiple locations,


Best Waxing Salon

Aimee French Waxing

1272 S. King St., Suite 203, 226-0686


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