Best of HONOLULU Family 2020: SERVICES

Our readers’ and editors’ picks for the best family services in Honolulu.


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Best Child Care Referral Program


PATCH (Parents Attentive to Children Hawaiʻi)

Almost every family in Hawaiʻi feels, or has felt, the strong influence of PATCH, a nonprofit advocate for child care services and early-childhood learning. That’s because PATCH trains individuals and groups to become licensed caregivers. And it refers families to reliable child care programs. And it’s the Department of Human Services’ licensed contractor to operate Preschool Open Doors, which helps eligible families pay for child care in the year prior to kindergarten.

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, (808) 839-1988.



Best Way to (Sort of) Exercise With Your Kids


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YMCA Of Honolulu

Local families rely on the YMCA of Honolulu for A+ afterschool care and its early learning programs. Our readers selected YMCA for the best summer programs on the island. When most child care centers shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y was still able to care for the kids of essential workers who could not stay home. When life returns to normal, we’re looking forward to hitting the gyms at the YMCAs, since complimentary child care is offered at all six locations with fitness amenities.

Six locations with fitness rooms on Oʻahu.



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Best Photographer For Children


Photo: Karen DB Photography



Karen DB Photography

Not only is she a favorite photographer for families on O‘ahu, she’s a working mama with a big ʻohana of her own: six kids including an infant born this year. DeBorja’s ability to capture genuine smiles with her camera, plus her affinity for natural lighting, are evident in her beautiful portraits (including covers of HONOLULU Family magazine and audition photos for HONOLULU Family’s Cover Kids Search).

Finalist: Hanabata Days Studio. (808) 741-2819.



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Best Pediatrician


Reis Pediatrics

Since Dr. Brit Reis began her private practice in 2002, the mother of two has mentored UH medical students and been named one of HONOLULU Magazine’s Top Doctors five years running. Dr. Reis, Dr. Robin Lynch, and their medical team help families in two offices on the Windward Side. Reis Pediatrics serves newborns through late teens and provides a range of services including well-child exams, breastfeeding consultations and help with common childhood health issues.

Reis Pediatrics, 30 Aulike St., Suite 500, Kailua, and 46-001 Kamehameha Highway, Suite 220, Kāneʻohe, (808) 263-8822.

Finalist: Dr. Summer Teruya. 66-125 Kamehameha Highway, Haleʻiwa, (808) 637-5087.


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Best Wireless Phone Plan for Families

WINNER: T-Mobile. Multiple locations.

Finalist: Mobi. Multiple locations.


Best Family Vehicle

WINNER: Toyota Sienna. Multiple locations.

Finalist: Honda Odyssey. Multiple locations.


Best Pediatric Dentist

WINNER: Clyde Uchida, DDS. Kāhala Mall, 4211 Waiʻalae Ave., Suite 3070, (808) 739-0878; 98-211 Pali Momi, Suite 615, ʻAiea, (808) 484-4459.

Finalist: Pediodontic Associates. 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ʻAiea, (808) 487-7933; 4211 Waiʻalae Ave., Suite 405, (808) 735-1733.


Best Place to Get a First Haircut

WINNER: Pigtails & Crewcuts. Moanalua Shopping Center, 930 Valkenburgh St., Suite 106, (808) 422-4300.

Finalist: Supercuts. Multiple locations.