Best of HONOLULU 2022: The Best Services on O‘ahu

Take a class, sing your heart out onstage or get your hair done at our 84 top picks chosen by readers and editors.



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Best Place to Spark Creativity

Far more than a café plus cool home design store, fishcake’s “fishschool” is where creative types or those wanting to become creative types can expand their artistic repertoires. Among recent offerings: a photography workshop on “sun printing,” a ceramics class where attendees made perfect pinch pots, a comic book drawing course and basket weaving lessons. Tucked into this hip Kamani Street space is a clay studio offering memberships or monthly passes to use its throwing wheels, glazes and kiln. —DS


307C Kamani St.,, @fishschoolhawaii



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Best Mobile Car Washing

Kaimukī’s Rod Um has spent his adult life working with cars. While employed at a popular dealership, Um decided to build a business around car detailing in Kailua, a virtual desert for car maintenance. Now, as Mr. Carwash Hawai‘i, Um operates as a mobile car washing and detailing service. With a knack for people and an eagle eye for details, Um is quickly making a name for himself in a competitive market. All over O‘ahu, clients have been known to buddy up with neighbors to have him wash multiple cars, a sort of car wash pool. Talk about cleaning up the neighborhood! —MB


(808) 722-2911,, @mrcarwashhawaii



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Best Barbershop

Reader Pick

It’s a rare barbershop these days where a customer without a reservation can do a walk-by to see if it’s crowded and then, even if it is, pull up a chair for some conversation. But the conviviality of Paul Ta, wife Tracy, and other stylists at Paul’s Barber Hairstyling is matched by that of their wide variety of customers, from retired executives to entire families, women and children, even a pro baseball player when he’s home. The Norman Rockwell ambiance and reasonable prices ($16 men, $20 women) fit low-key casual Monsarrat Avenue. Reservations are recommended, but if the mood strikes, go try. If you strike out, grab a latte at nearby ARS Café. —DW


3118 Monsarrat Ave., (808) 734-3336



Best Of Services 2022 Live Band Karaoke

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Best Live Band Karaoke

If you’ve ever wowed the crowd at karaoke night and thought, man, this would be even more epic if you were backed by a real band, you’re not alone. The folks at Kaka‘ako cocktail bar WorkPlay were singing the same tune, which is why they introduced a live-band karaoke night to their mix. Every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., you can get up on stage and show off your vocal skills alongside a professional band, featuring musicians on keyboard, guitars and drums. The sheer number of chart-toppers you can choose from clocks in at an impressive 225-plus and runs the gamut from Journey and Boyz II Men to Kalapana. A tip: To ensure your moment of glory, head down early to snag a slot on the sign-up sheet. —BT


814 Ilaniwai St., (808) 457-1322,, @workplayhi



Best Of Services 2022 Specialty Foot Massage

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Best Specialty Foot Massage

Our feet take us where we need to go and, with 26 bones, 19 muscles and 15 pressure points in each one, they deserve special attention. Lucky for us, several Honolulu businesses specialize in foot massage/reflexology. We couldn’t visit every Honolulu massage place, so we checked ratings and got recommendations for those that specialize in feet and are located outside of Waikīkī. Of those, we tried the top-ranked spots that provide 30-minute sessions of hands-on care. Oasis Spa’s foot reflexology is a step ahead. The friendly therapists use firm pressure, organic creams, hot towels and what we can only describe as mad skills that leave every centimeter of your foot examined, prodded and pampered, while you sip hot tea. —RD


1441 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 415, (808) 979-9000,



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Real Estate Firm

Reader Pick

“Throw a rock, hit a Realtor!” says one local Yelper, who then goes on to single out Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty for its role in several transactions as buyer and seller. For 10 straight years either a Best Of or runner-up, the company has five offices on O‘ahu and more than 200 employees and licensed agents. “A clear strong corporate culture has been a key to the growth and success of our company,” says CEO/owner Myron Kiriu, who founded the company 18 years ago. “Our agents and support staff are client-centric and they put the clients’ needs ahead of their own.” —DW


Multiple locations,, @betterhawaii



The Rest of the Best: Reader Picks


Best Adult Day Care

Winner: Central Union Church Adult Day Care & Day Health Center

1660 S. Beretania St., (808) 983-5910,, @arcadiafamilyofcompanies

Finalist: Live Well at Iwilei by Kāhala Nui

888 Iwilei Road, Suite 105, (808) 218-7777,, @livewellhi


Best Auto Detailer

Winner: 2020 Auto Detailing

3375 Koapaka St., Suite I-525, (808) 792-7579,, @twenty20_autodetailing

Finalist: McKinley Car Wash

1139 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 596-2609,


Best Auto Insurance Company

Winner: State Farm

Multiple locations,, @statefarm

Finalist: Geico

Multiple locations,, @geico


Best Automotive Repair

Winner: Lex Brodie’s Tire, Brake & Service Co.

Multiple locations,, @lexbrodiesoahu

Finalist: Kaimukī Auto Repair

3375 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 737-1718, @kaimukiautorepair


Best Bank

Winner: First Hawaiian Bank

Multiple locations,, @fhbhawaii

Finalist: American Savings Bank

Multiple locations,, @asbhawaii


Best Barbershop

Finalist: Vintage Barbershop Hawai‘i

1157 Bethel St., (808) 888-2068,


Best Chiropractor

Winner: Global Health Chiropractic

677 Ala Moana Blvd., #914, (808) 521-9686,

Finalist: CARE Chiropractic

590 Farrington Highway, #521, Kapolei, (808) 376-0300,, @care_chiropratic


Best Cooling and Air Conditioning

Winner: Pristine Air Conditioning

2045 Lauwiliwili St., Suite 1102, Kapolei, (808) 227-4566,

Finalist: Aloha State Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.

1727 Colburn St., (808) 842-0095,


Best Cosmetic Surgery

Winner: Dr. Shim Ching, Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery Inc.

1401 S. Beretania St., #888, (808) 585-8855,, @shimchingmd

Finalist: Honolulu MedSpa

1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, (808) 528-0888,, @honolulumedspa


Best Credit Union

Winner: Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations,, @hawaiistatefcu

Finalist: Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations,, @hawaiiusafcu


Best Day Spa

Winner: Elizaveta Neginskaya Signature Brows & Beauty Studio

627 South St., Suite #3, (808) 797-5757,, @signaturebrowshawaii

Finalist: Heaven on Earth Salon & Day Spa

1050 Alakea St., (808) 599-5501,, @heavenonearthhi


Best Dry Cleaner

Winner: Hakuyosha Clean Living

Multiple locations,, @hakuyosha_hawaii

Finalist: Aloha Dry Cleaners and Laundry

Multiple locations,, @alohadrycleaners


Best Employment/Staffing Company

Winner: Altres

967 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 591-4900,, @altres_inc

Finalist: HiEmployment

745 Fort St. Mall, #124, (808) 695-3974,, @hiemployment


Best Eyelash Extensions

Winner: Studio Genesis Hawai‘i

1136 Union Mall, Suite 402, (808) 683-6812, @studio___genesis

Finalist: The Beauty Room HI

Multiple locations,, @the_beauty_room_808


Best Financial Adviser

Winner: Edward Jones

Multiple locations,, @edwardjones

Finalist: First Hawaiian Bank

Multiple locations,, @fhbhawaii


Best Gas Station Convenience Store

Winner: 7-Eleven Hawai‘i

Multiple locations,, @7elevenhi

Finalist: Hele

Multiple locations,, @helegas


Best General Contractor

Winner: Atlas Construction

2222 Kamehameha Highway, (808) 951-9500,, @atlasconstructionhawaii

Finalist: Graham Builders

1144 Young St., (808) 593-2808,, @grahambuildershawaii


Best Hair Removal

Winner: Honolulu MedSpa

1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, (808) 528-0888,, @honolulumedspa

Finalist: European Wax Center

Multiple locations,, @europeanwax


Best Hair Salon

Winner: Satori Salon and Spa

9A Maluniu Ave., Kailua, (808) 261-5000,, @satorisalonspahi

Finalist: Dada Spa, Salon & Café

410 Atkinson Drive, (808) 683-8015,, @dadahawaii


Best Handyman Service

Winner: Pacific General Contractor

1687 Pensacola St., #605, (808) 488-2900,

Finalist: Kama‘āina Handyman

(808) 393-1163,



Best Hardware Store

Winner: City Mill

Multiple locations,, @citymill

Finalist: Hardware Hawai‘i

Multiple locations,, @hardwarehawaii


Best Home Painter

Winner: Bernardo’s Painting

94-716 Lanikūhana Ave., Mililani, (808) 384-0864,, @bernardospainting

Finalist: David’s Custom Roofing & Painting Inc.

96-1217 Waihona St., Pearl City, (808) 833-1633,


Best Home Security Service

Winner: Alert Alarm Hawai‘i

3210 Ualena St., (808) 521-5000,

Finalist: Ring, @ring


Best Landscaper

Winner: Hapa Landscaping

3514 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 732-4272,, @hapalandscaping

Finalist: Steve’s Gardening Service Inc.

(808) 676-9166,


Best Live Music Venue

Winner: Blue Note Hawai‘i

2335 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 777-4890,, @bluenotehawaii

Finalist: Moani Island Bistro & Bar

91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, (808) 670-2638,, @themoanihawaii


Best Locksmith

Winner: Salz Lock and Key

3012 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 734-6557,, @salzcorp

Finalist: Anong & Son Lock & Key

648 Pepe‘ekeo St., (808) 277-9342


Best Luxury Car Dealer

Winner: BMW of Honolulu

777 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 597-1225,, @bmwofhonolulu

Finalist: Servco Lexus Honolulu

650 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 290-7794,, @lexushawaii


Best Mani/Pedi

Winner: Lavish Spa & Nails

Multiple locations,, @lavishkapolei and @lavishkahala

Finalist: Onyx Nails Wax & Lash

590 Farrington Highway, #165, Kapolei, (808) 200-5600, @onyx_kapolei


Best Moving Company

Winner: Island Movers Inc.

4397 Lawehana St., (808) 832-4000,

Finalist: You Move Me Honolulu

821 Cedar St., Unit B, (808) 379-3850,, @youmoveme_honolulu


Best Pest Control Company

Winner: Kīlauea Pest Control

Multiple locations,, @kilaueapestcontrol

Finalist: Pest Tech Hawai‘i

2007A Waterhouse St., (808) 784-2847,


Best Place for a Massage

Winner: Satori Salon and Spa

9A Maluniu Ave., Kailua, (808) 261-5000,, @satorisalonspahi

Finalist: Spa U‘ilani

520 Keawe St., (808) 312-4485,, @spauilani


Best Plumbing Service

Winner: Steve’s Plumbing & A/C Service

96-1225 Waihona St., Unit A, Pearl City, (808) 215-7860,

Finalist: T&C Plumbing

(808) 456-2429,


Best Real Estate Firm

Finalist: Coldwell Banker Realty

Multiple locations,, @cbrealtyhawaii



Best Retirement Community

Winner: Arcadia Retirement Residence

1434 Punahou St., (808) 941-0941,, @arcadiafamilyofcompanies

Finalist: Kāhala Nui

4389 Malia St., (808) 218-7001,, @kahalanuihi


Best Roofing Company

Winner: Kapili Roofing and Painting

94-221 Leonui St., Waipahu, (808) 621-7663,, @kapiliroofingpainting

Finalist: David’s Custom Roofing & Painting Inc.

96-1217 Waihona St., Pearl City, (808) 833-1633,


Best Solar Company

Winner: RevoluSun

660 Ala Moana Blvd., #220a, (808) 748-8888,, @revolusun_smarthome

Finalist: Alternate Energy Inc.

96-1276 Waihona St., Suite 114, Pearl City, (808) 842-5853,, @aeihawaii


Best Storage Company

Winner: Hawai‘i Self Storage

Multiple locations,, @hawaiiselfstorage

Finalist: Public Storage

Multiple locations,, @publicstorage


Best Travel Agency

Winner: Panda Travel

1017 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 734-1961,, @pandatravelhi

Finalist: Vacations Hawai‘i

1585 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 900, (808) 591-4777,, @boydvacationshawaii


Best Urgent Care

Winner: Straub Urgent Care

Multiple locations,, @straubhealth

Finalist: Queen’s Island Urgent Care

Multiple locations,, @qhshawaii


Best Veterinarian

Winner: Kaka‘ako Pet Hospital

815 Queen St., (808) 592-9999,, @kakaakopethospital

Finalist: King Street Pet Hospital

2016 S. King St., (808) 951-7777,, @kingstreetpethospital



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