Best of HONOLULU Family 2018: Services

Our readers’ and editors’ picks for the best services for parents.

Photos: Courtesy of Steve Czerniak

Best Pet Photographer

2017 HONOLULU Magazine Editors’ Pick

Steve Czerniak

Full disclosure: Our pick for the island’s best pet photographer also happens to be HONOLULU Magazine’s regular food shooter. Steve Czerniak started snapping portraits of pets in 2010 as Wag and Snap Photography, using a natural-light style and simple, beautiful outdoor settings—no coconut-shell bikini tops to be found here. “I don’t do schlock,” he says. “I like for the dogs to look like dogs.” The results are high-quality, memorable and seriously cute.

(808) 391-9032,

Best Portrait Painter

2017 HONOLULU Magazine Editors’ Pick

Kirk Kurokawa

Photo: Courtesy of Kirk Kurokawa

When you’re doing someone’s likeness, modernist squiggles or Cubist cutouts just won’t do. Asking around for the best, one name kept coming up: Kirk Kurokawa. The Maui native is a graduate of Janet Sato’s famous atelier, which has been turning out classically trained painters for decades at Baldwin High. Kurokawa says to just give him a call or email. “We can set up a time to meet, sit down, have coffee,” and discuss what you want. As for price: “Not everybody can afford a $5,000 painting; I will do smaller ones at a more reasonable price. I’m always happy to help someone out.”, (808) 385-4515,

Rest of the Best

Best Child Care Referral Service

Readers’ Pick

PATCH Hawai‘i

Six locations statewide,

Best Child Photographer

Readers’ Pick

Karen DB Photography

(808) 990-5559,

Best Family Wireless Phone Plan

Readers’ Pick


Best Pediatric Dentist

Readers’ Pick

Dr. Clyde Uchida

Two locations: Kāhala and Pearl City,

Best Pediatric Doctor

Readers’ Pick

Dr. Russell Ogawa

99-128 ‘Aiea Heights Drive, ‘Aiea, (808) 488-8441.

Best Place to Get Your First Haircut

Readers’ Pick

Pigtails and Crewcuts

930 Valkenburgh St., Suite 106, (808) 422-4300,

Best Place for Kids’ Mani-Pedis

Readers’ Pick

Royal Nails

4450 Kapolei Parkway, Suite 106, (808) 674-9995,

Bring the family down to the Best of Honolulu Festival on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Honolulu Hale civic grounds. Eat at ‘ono food booths, shop local designers in the marketplace and bring the family to the keiki zone for face painting, balloon animals, rides, games and more. For more information, visit