Best of HONOLULU Family 2019: Services
Our readers’ and editors’ picks for the best services for parents.
Best Place to Customize Your Wheels
Photo: Leah Friel
You can buy keiki bikes and helmets (such as these) from BIKEFACTORY Hawaiʻi. The store also provides maintenance and repairs.
What happens when your child realizes that something isn’t quite right with that scooter, bike or skateboard you picked up at the big-box store? BIKEFACTORY has been helping local families roll for more than 40 years. And unlike chain stores, this locally owned shop’s 20 employees are all trained (and passionate) about teaching their customers how to get going. “We’re an old-school traditional store where we service everything we sell,” says Mitch Parcels, son of BIKEFACTORY’s founder, the late Wally Parcels. “We’ll make sure your bicycles are properly set up, safe, shifting well.” The service doesn’t stop there. The skate shop can customize anything on wheels, so you walk away with a one-of-a-kind ride.
740 Ala Moana Blvd., 596-8844 and 94-1388 Moaniani St., Waipahu, (808) 678-1800. bikefactoryhawaii.com
Best Pediatric Doctor
Dr. Summer Teruya
Born and raised in Honolulu, family physician Dr. Summer Teruya received her medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine and did her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. “During my third year as a medical student, I rotated with Dr. Randall Suzuka and realized the breadth and variety that family medicine encompassed,” Teruya says. “I was very inspired by Dr. Suzuka’s commitment to individual patients, families and community and felt family medicine would be a challenging and fulfilling career for me.”
Hale‘iwa Family Health Center, 66-125 Kamehameha Highway, Suite 1, Hale‘iwa, (808) 637-5087. hfhchawaii.com
Best Place to Treat a Weekday Injury
Shriner’s Walk-In Clinic
Photo: Courtesy of Shiner’s Hospital for Children – Honolulu
When a child gets hurt on the playground or during sports—and it looks like it’s much more than a bruise—the walk-in clinic at Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu will treat it regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Shriners serves kids and teens 18 and younger, with or without medical coverage. It provides X-rays, casting, splinting and boots, surgery and postoperative therapy. Even the lobby is cheerful and welcoming with activity stations, a salt-water aquarium and TV screens showing animals at the San Diego Zoo. To soothe patients who are anxious or in pain, some rooms are equipped with virtual-reality goggles.
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 1310 Punahou St., (808) 941-4466. shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/honolulu
Best Place to Get Your First Haircut
Pigtails and Crewcuts
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino
Haircuts should be a positive experience. That’s the mantra behind Pigtails & Crewcuts, a kids-only salon where the sight of shears doesn’t result in tears. Friendly distractions make this an ideal place for that first snip. There are vehicle-shaped chairs, TV monitors playing kids shows, lollipops and plush toys for comfort and oh-so-patient stylists who empathize with their young clients. There’s even a party room for kids’ birthday bashes—no haircuts involved here—where little ones can get manis and pedis, glitter hairdos, or pirate-ready tattoos.
930 Valkenburgh St., Suite 106, (808) 422-4300. pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/honolulu
The Rest of the Best:
Best Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Clyde Uchida
Two locations: Kāhala and Pearl City. uchidapediatricdentistry.com
Best Childcare Referral Service
Six locations statewide. patchhawaii.org
Best Children’s Photographer
Karen DB Photography
(808) 990-5559. karendbphotography.com
Best Family Wireless Phone Plan