July 28, 2005
72 BEST PLACE TO CURE THAT MYSTERIOUS RASH
tie: dragon,s den/long,s drugs
Believe me, I know well the vagaries of mysterious rashes. Okay, that sounds really bad. What I mean is, I recently had a strange outbreak of red, itchy bumps on my arms. I didn't know where they came from and I didn't care—I just wanted them gone. And so did my frightened co-workers. I immediately tried a cortisone cream, much like what you'd find at Long's. That worked on the first batch of rash sightings, but then other splotches showed up. So then I went to see an herbalist, much like who you'd find at Dragon's Den. The herbalist provided more personal care, in an attempt to treat whatever imbalances I had internally to cause toxins to come out through my skin. Now I'm rash-free but I'm sure you'll agree—a combo of Eastern and Western medicine is generally the best route to take. Dragon's Den. 3681 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 572-2424/Long's. Located island-wide.
runner-up: kaiser. located island-wide. (sc)
73 BEST MANICURE
mimi evangelista @ rutz
I've always had working girl hands. No, not that working girl—the kind that have chipped nails that're unmanicured, dry and cracked at the fingertips. A trip to see Mimi at Rutz cured all of that. The best part? She specializes in natural nails so she was happy to work with what God gave me. I left relaxed and charmed with perfectly shaped and colored fingernails. 1847 S. Kihei Rd., 891-1444.
runner-up: david,s happy nails. 1881 s. kihei rd., 875-0809. (jr)
74 BEST PLACE TO BUY PORN
With over 2,500 DVD and 300 VHS titles to choose from, Paradise Spice deservedly racked up the most votes from porn aficionados island-wide. Affable Charlie Harder, owner of Paradise Spice, has done a good job creating a clean, well-lit space for men, women and couples to peruse the many aisles of the latest in adult film entertainment. He keeps up to date on AVN news and even runs a local online broadcast of innuendo-laden hip-hop and rock on kpsx.com, which you will hear throughout the store. Aside from the "four four-hour videos for $8.95 each" special, most DVDs run about $39.95, with specialty "alternative" DVDs hitting up to $89.95. His most popular DVD in store? That would be One Night in Paris , Paris Hilton's stunning debut into undeserved notoriety. 1010 Lower Main St., Wailuku, 249-2449.
runner-up: love shack. kihei kalama village, 875-0303. (sc)
Ace Hardware goes where no other big box hardware stores go. You'll find them in our small towns, like Kaunakakai, Lahaina and Pukalani. Not only that, but they're jam-packed with all the things you need for home improvement, like that hard-to-find universal remote, outdoor kiddie pool and screwdriver. Its great customer service and convenience goes a long way, and keeps us coming back. Located island-wide.
runner-up: lowe,s. 270 dairy rd., kahului, 873-0383. (jr)
76 BEST WAXING SHOP
maui hair & body
In this day and age when American men and women are dedicating time to keep themselves soft, smooth and hairless, it's more important than ever to find a good waxer. Maui Hair & Body has an experienced staff ready and willing to pull hair from anywhere society deems unattractive. Lying in one of the waxing rooms, staring at the ceiling decorated with clouds, flower stencils and soft colors, you can't help but feel at ease listening to soothing music. Doing their best to keep the pain at a bare minimum, the staff is incredibly thorough and professional in making sure they get all the fuzz. They've got pretty reasonable prices and open availability, too. 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 877-1500.
runner-up: starr west salon. azeka makai center, kihei, 874-0808. (gp)
77 BEST PLACE TO BUY AN IMPORT
Well, it may not be brand new but they have just completed major renovations. I mean this place used to be a skating rink in the '80s! Now it's a fully converted, gorgeous dealership, where you can find the greatest selection of import autos on the island. Volkswagen, Mitsubishis, Hyundais, Mazdas… Yeah, for some reason I'm picturing myself in a brand new Sonata. Nice. 25 S. Kahului Beach Rd., 442-9600.
runner up: lexus, 445 kele st., kahului, 877-4411. (jr)
78 BEST BOOKSTORE
Okay, so you love Borders. And with 20,000 square feet of books, music, videos and yoga mats, it's easy to see why. Of course, there are other bookstores on island with that quaint, intellectual and, well, more bookish appeal, but Borders has size and selection on its side. The Maui mothership for all Borders outlets is in Kahului with over 200,000 book titles, 1,500 magazine titles, newspapers and buckets of DVDs. And the general manager, William Nakamura, who has been with the store almost since it opened eight years ago, has succeeded valiantly in trying to incorporate community events, live local music and book signings on a weekly basis. So, you know, even for a corporate bookstore, that's pretty cool stuff. 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 877-6160.
runner-up: old lahaina book emporium. 834 front st., lahaina, 661-1399. (sc)
79 BEST HAIR STYLIST
lydia mccalister @ cut, style & go
This is how to find the best stylist on Maui: set out for Cut, Style & Go and when you get there make an appointment with Lydia McAllister. You voted for her because she's a genius when it comes to hair, is pleasant, affordable and reliable or perhaps just because she's got a lot of friends who turned in ballots. Kidding! She's popular and talented, which is clearly why she won. 1310 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 874-8584.
runner-up: christine @ shear madness. (hk)
80 BEST PLACE TO BUY A BIKINI
Let's face it: a girl's gotta flaunt what she's got at the beach. But the latest butt-crack-showing style is not for shy girls. The Brazilians started the micro bikini trend, but hey, don't they dance naked in the streets there? If you want a bikini that will turn heads or one that just covers your ass, you can find plenty of shapes and many sizes in Paia at Maui Girl. 12 Baldwin Ave, Paia, 579-9266.
runner-up: maui water wear. located on the south and west shores, 667-2647. (jr)
81 BEST BIKE SHOP
west maui cycles
West Maui Cycles has new bikes to buy or rent and once even had used rental bikes to buy but not anymore. Either way, they have supplied many people on the Westside and all over Maui with some sweet bikes. From mountain bikes to the very popular cruisers, they have pretty much anything you could look for, including accessories. Any repair needs can be aptly taken care of by the staff of West Maui Cycles, including custom work to pimp your ride. Tires, chains and the fine things are available to be installed on any sort of bicycle and parts can be ordered for the bike hobbyists who tinker on their own. So for those who like riding around on shiny chrome or those who just need something to get them to and from work, West Maui Cycles has exactly what any pedestrian needs: wheels. 1087 Limahana Pl., Lahaina, 661-9005.
runner-up: south maui bicycles. 1993 s. kihei rd., 874-0068. (gp)
82 BEST AUTO PARTS STORE
They're friendly, helpful and most likely to stock your hard-to-find parts and accessories. They have access to vehicle-specific parts for every make and model sold in the U.S. since 1928, from a simple wiper blade for your '97 Ford Ranger to a 25-tooth Lincoln cluster gear for your Ford hot rod. Located island-wide.
runner-up (tie): paradise auto parts. 375 huku lii pl., kihei, 891-1027/checker auto parts. 24 ka,ahumanu ave., kahului, 893-0997. (sc)
83 BEST PLACE TO SPEND YOUR LAST $20
borders books & music
I've spent a lot of time in Borders with only $20, so here's what I do. First I search the shelves, looking for a couple books that seem good. Then I head to the cafe and order some coffee and a muffin. I also grab a stack of magazines that I would never buy but like to look through. Then I sit down, enjoy my food and drink while reading the magazines and deciding which book to buy. Then I make my way to the counter, pay for the book and walk out. Twenty bucks spent, full stomach and new reads—perfect! Open Mon-Thu and Sun, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 70 Dairy Road, Kahului, 877-6160.
runner-up: taco tuesday at compadres. lahaina cannery mall, 661-7189. (lg)
84 BEST PLACE TO GET ADULT TOYS
Just when you thought it was a total bummer to grow up, you're introduced to the wonderful world of adult toys at the Love Shack. I used to have a rubber ducky to keep me company in the tub. But forget that—what has he done for me lately? Now there's the Pulsabath ($19.95)—a vibrating bath sponge—and Vibrating Rubber Ducky ($22.95) for more, uh, sudsy action. Missing your ant farm and Lava Lamps? Whatever—now you can get the Psychedelic Sex Pak ($59.95), with vibrators and body paint in rainbow colors, along with a black light for much groovier fun. Hungry for your Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven? C'mon—try another oral pleasure on for size, like the New Mini Tongue Massager and Vibrating Bullet Accessory ($79.95). It's mmm, mmm good! Kihei Kalama Village, 875-0303.
runner-up: paradise spice. 1010 lower main st., wailuku, 249-2449. (sc)
Renting a surfboard can be tricky, but the folks at Local Motion will keep you in good hands. Longboards for summer swells can be rented by hours or days in sizes and shapes to keep the beginner and expert standing in style. Don't be left out of the summer fun just because you don't have a board or didn't bring one to Maui. Oh, and be sure to get a rash guard and wax. Located island-wide.
runner-up: big kahuna. 1993 s. kihei rd., 875-6395. (jr)
86 BEST PEDICURE
david,s happy nails
David's Happy Nails is the place to go when your dogs are barking and your toes aren't quite up to par for beach season—which would be year-round here. But David's doesn't just specialize in pedicures. If you want to pamper the rest of your body as well, they offer manicures, haircuts, styles and perms. Do people still get perms? Walk-ins are welcome, but I'd really prefer you talk to your friends about something more modern if you're planning on getting a perm. 1881 S. Kihei Rd., 875-0809.
runner-up: maui hair & body. 270 dairy rd., kahului, 877-1500. (hk)
87 BEST PLACE TO BUY A NEW CAR OR TRUCK
jim falk,s valley isle motors
Let's face it: buying a new car or truck is stressful. But you voters say Jim Falk's makes it easy on you. He's got a great selection of good deals and shiny new cars and trucks here. What better way to deal with all of the traffic on our congested and old roads than by sitting in a brand new air-conditioned, stereo-pumping Ford? We should all be so lucky. 221 S. Puunene, Kahului, 877-FORD.
runner-up (tie): island honda. 110 s. hana hwy., kahului, 873-8081/maui toyota. 320 hana hwy., kahului, 877-2781. (jr)
88 BEST AUTO MECHANIC
Yeah, they do good service, for a big oil corporation. Did an oil change for me once, I think, and nothing bad happened. Good safety checks, too, but don't even bother trying to get an appointment the last week of the month. Located island-wide.
runner-up: resurrected auto. 1975 s. kihei rd., 875-4808. (ap)
89 BEST PLACE TO RENT A KAYAK
Yeah, you wanna be out on the ocean paddling on a kayak. Just you and the turtles, dolphins and whales. What's that, you don't have a kayak? Head over to the Big Kahuna in Kihei and they'll get you outfitted for all your ocean sports fun. And they'll fill you in on all the rules. Just remember to get a life vest while you're at it. 1993 S. Kihei Rd., 875-6395.
runner-up: west maui sailing school. ka,anapali, 667-5545. (jr)
90 BEST PLACE TO GET KEIKI TOYS
I'm sorry, but you people make me sick. You shop at Wal-Mart for toys for your children? Wal-Mart—and every other big box retailer around—sells toys that were made by children. Well, it could have been worse—you could have said the best place to get toys was Kaybee. 1011 Pakaula St., Kahului, 871-7820.
runner-up: kaybee toys. queen ka'ahumanu center, kahului, 871-0988. (ap)
91 BEST PIERCING SHOP
island ink tattoo
Maybe it's because Island Ink is located in Paia and everything there is cool. Or maybe it's because they've been running their shop for over nine years that makes them so popular. Whatever the reason, Maui Time readers seems to trust Brad and Tammy at Island Ink more than any one else to pierce their bodies. Whether it's a bar through the tongue or a stud through the ear, those fun-loving piercers will get it done quickly and with total care for cleanliness and sterility. Across from the Chevron station and through the purple door, anyone can find a quick rush of adrenaline and a new bejeweled look. Appointments not necessary but preferred. 100 Hana Hwy, Paia, 579-9461.
runner-up: skin deep tattoo. 626 front st., lahaina, 661-8531. (gp)
92 BEST SAFETY CHECK
Mr. Patao is a kind man, but he's a stickler when it comes to ensuring that your automobile passes inspection. Still, people know they can trust his solid advice and respected signature when it comes to getting that required sticker for their plate. 744 Lower Main, Wailuku, 242-5567.
runner-up: union 76. located island-wide. (sc)
93 BEST TACKLE SHOP
(Tie) maui sporting goods/pappy , s fishing and hobby
The minute you step into a tackle shop and start looking around at the things fishermen use to catch fish, the more you realize it's a bit of an art as well as a sport. There's the technical side of poles, reels, lines and hooks. The question of what kind of bait to use. Then there are the knots, weights, and hooks meant to entice those fish. Well, if it's fish you want to catch then a stop to Pappy's or Maui Sporting Goods is in order. If you're not so lucky then just stop at the fish market when your boat docks. Maui Sporting Goods. 92 N. Market, Wailuku, 244-0011/Pappy's. 246 Papa Pl., Kahului, 871-2711.
runner-up: long,s. located island-wide. (jr)
94 BEST RECORD STORE
If you're looking for a used copy of an out-of-print import re-release of a B-side Tesla extended remix, Request is the place to go. Independently owned and operated, Request's most prominent feature is their music-obsessed sales staff, who have expert knowledge in every genre you can think of, including underground hip-hop, reggae, prog rock, Americana and Thailand gogo music. These same experts (in Wailuku) also say they consistently keep in stock: "10,474 CDs, a few thousand records in the basement, a gang of videos, a thousand DVDs on super sale, new age and used books, graffiti supplies, incense, hippies, vintage rock t-shirts and Maui's biggest selection of rolling papers and blunt wraps." 10 N. Market, Wailuku, 244-9315; 991 Limahana Pl., Lahaina, 661-8855.
runner-up: beach road records. 2395 s. kihei rd., 874-8863. (sc)
95 BEST LAUNDROMAT
lipoa laundry center
This is, by far, the greatest Laundromat on the island of Maui—perhaps in the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Sure, it's like most Laundromats, with acres of washers ($3 a wash for the smaller models, $6 for the industrial-sized machines), driers and nice big tables for folding clothes, but how many Laundromats do you know of that have video games? Hmmm? This one does. And a wall covered in vintage washboards, to give the place a nostalgic feel. Now it's not an all-night laundry, catering to people who just have to wash their dainty unmentionables at 3 a.m., but it does have a really nice attendant on hand to answer any laundry-related questions you might have. 41 E. Lipoa, Kihei, 875-9266.
runner-up: majestic laundry. 55 pukalani st., 573-8382. (ap)
96 BEST PLACE TO BUY A USED CAR
You know, when we first envisioned this category, we kinda thought that you, our loyal readers, would vote for oh, I don't know, a place. A place where people could go to buy a used car. A dealership, a lot, something like that. And that's pretty much why we titled this item "Best place to buy a used car." Now we have nothing against The Maui Bulletin , but really, it's not a place. It's a shopper. It's filled with used car ads, sure, but it ain't a place.
runner-up: valley isle motors. 221 s. pu,unene ave., kahului, 877-3673. (ap)
97 BEST SECONDHAND STORE
The garment industry's dirty little secret is that most of your clothes come from sweatshops all over the world. If you knew of the conditions that these laborers worked under to make your duds, you would get naked immediately. Making matters worse is that the chemical processing of fabrics, like cotton, is polluting the world. What can you do? Buy hemp clothes or handmade garments for starters, and never buy ready-to-wear unless it's been recycled at a place like Savers. What about underwear? Just say no. 380 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 871-7244.
runner-up: rainbow attic. 1881 s. kihei rd., 874-0884. (jr)
98 BEST LINGERIE SHOP
Silk gowns, bustiers and thongs, oh my! But Lahaina Lingerie also features the latest designs in bras, undies in all guises, corsets, camisoles, garters, diaphanous robes, baby doll nighties, sexy fishnet bodysuits and stockings—everything that's nice to touch and from lines like Felina, Coquette and Honeydew. There's body enhancers like strapless padded bras and pasties to beautiful Hawaiian print negligee sets and peek-a-boo lace teddies. Proprietor Stephanie Christensen insists (it says so over the door, twice) she reserves the right "to serve only those in love, those who have been in love, or those who want to be in love." And yes, that does include purchasers of crotchless panties. 129 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina, 661-3117.
runner-up: love shack. kihei kalama village, 875-0303. (sc)
99 BEST KITE SHOP
hawaiian island surf and sport
Kiting is a one of the newest ocean sports around, gaining popularity here with its high flying and challenging style. Its followers seek cutting-edge equipment. Beginners and experts are all treated with respect here at Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport. Inside you'll find Len Kappe and he's happy to help and share his knowledge. He keeps the latest gear along with some used stuff for his kiting clientele. 415A Dairy Road, Kahului, 871-4981.
runner-up: second wind. 111 hana hwy., kahului, 877-7467. (jr)
100 BEST LIBRARY
kihei public library
You don't often see this phrase in the Western media, but the Kihei Public Library is one kick-ass library. It's fairly spacious, with lots of big windows and plenty of nice, cool—but not too cool—recirculated air flowing through the building. It's not as comprehensive as the Kahului Public Library—they have microfiche!—but it does have a good reference desk, plenty of CDs and DVDs and lots of newspapers for your reading pleasure. Even back issues of Environment Hawai'i and the Lanai Times ! 35 Waimahaihai, Kihei, 875-6833.
runner-up: wailuku public library. 251 high st., wailuku, 243-5766. (ap)
101 BEST PLACE TO BUY A SURFBOARD
You may want to get barreled, but you have to pay your dues first! It doesn't matter where you are in your surfing sport, buying a new board is a great moment in life. Our readers have decided that the best place to spend those moments is Hi-Tech. Their knowledgeable staff and well-stocked inventories will set you up for your best wave-catching days or just paddling around in the slop. 425 Koloa St., Kahului, 877-2111.
runner-up: local motion. located island-wide. (jr)
102 BEST TATTOO SHOP
skin deep tattoo
It's nice to see that Hawai'i's second oldest and Maui's first tattoo shop, Skin Deep (established in 1976), still earns your top vote for slingin' ink on Maui. Back in the whaling days, the shop's location was a bordello. These days, Skin Deep houses two professional piercers and seven artists, all of whom have had at least five years and up to 16 years experience tattooing. Plus, with all the traffic they get from their prime spot on Front St., those years are like dog years—each one equals seven. And they've tattooed everyone from Shaq to Van Halen. Also, the art of Skin Deep's longtime resident artist Spike Fuqua, is currently featured in the August issue of Club International . 626 Front St., Lahaina, 661-8531.
runner-up: island ink tattoo. 100 hana hwy, paia, 579-9461. (sc)
103 BEST PLACE TO BUY SURFWEAR
honolua surf co.
The surfwear industry has fierce competition with its huge popularity pumping big box stores to carry products. Hats off to our readers who voted Honolua Surf Co., an actual local company, as their number-one store to get hip surf duds. Not only do they carry their own fashionable labels but you will also find other great surf wear brands there. And don't miss out on their warehouse sales and one-cent sales to stock up on your favorite stuff! Located on South and West Shores, (888) HONOLUA.
runner-up: local motion, located island-wide. (jr)
104 BEST LOCAL BOARD SHAPER
Bob Olson first started shaping boards for King Kamehameha I and has been a legend ever since. Okay, so maybe he hasn't been around that long. But the king would have loved his designs. Ole puts much mana into each board, shaping and creating them as if they were for royalty. When on one of his boards getting barreled or going toes to the nose, you can't help but think of those ancient Hawaiians surfing the coast of Maui just like you. 277 Wili Ko Pl., Lahaina, 661-3459.
runner-up: matt kinoshita, kazuma surfboards hawai,i, 573-5555. (jr)
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