Best of HONOLULU Family 2015: Services

Our favorite service providers as selected by HONOLULU Family readers and editors.

Best Local Cacao Farm Tour

Photo: Courtesy of Madre Chocolate

[ Editors’ Pick ]

Madre Chocolate

Award-winning Madre Chocolate raises the bar with its farm-to-factory tour. Families start at a local farm to see cacao trees and taste fresh pulp, right out of the pod, then move on to winnowing and grinding the beans and tempering the chocolate into bars. Of course, the tour would not be complete without samples of chocolate drinks, bars and local fruit dipped in chocolate. Class tours are also available.

Tour operates out of the Kailua location, 20A Kainehe St., 377-6440, madrechocolate.com

 

Best Budget Place to Take a Tumble

[ Editors’ Pick ]

Hawaii Academy Fun Nights

There are no frills at this Kalihi gymnasium, just a big warehouse full of equipment, trampolines and other fun ways for kids to get fit. The best bargain is the weekly Fun Nights on Mondays and Fridays. For just $7 an hour, kids 6 years and older are welcome to try out “mini-lessons” while parents step out to grab a bite to eat, run errands or get a workout themselves.

1314 Moonui St., 842-5642, hawaiiacademy.com

 

The Rest of the Best

[ Readers’ Picks ]

 

Best Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Clyde Uchida

Two locations: Kahala and Pearlridge, uchidapediatricdentistry.com

 

Best Pediatric Doctor

Dr. Michael Sia

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, 945-9955.

 

Best Place to Get Your First Haircut

Pigtails and Crewcuts

930 Valkenburgh St., Ste 106, 422-4300, pigtailsandcrewcuts.com

 

Best Child Photographer 

Karen DB Photography

990-5559, karendbphotography.com

 

Best Babysitter Referral Service

PATCH Hawaii

Six locations statewide, patchhawaii.org

Best Family-Friendly Workplace

Bank of Hawaii

38 locations on Oahu, boh.com

 

Best Family Wireless Phone Plan

T Mobilet-mobile.com

 

Best Place for Kids’ Mani-Pedis

Rainbow Nails

1148 Koko Head Ave., 735-1751