This is a great place to take kids for an out-of-the-ordinary activity. Kids can paint ceramic figurines, etc that they pick out and pay for. Objects are then fired on site. They also have other activities including karaoke, play rooms, bubbles, etc. Kids can literally spend hours there and it's a nice change from the movies, swimming pool, or arcade.
The staff is very kid oriented.
The Kahuku library is one of the saddest excuses for a library I have ever seen. The selection is very limited and there isn't another library (minus Brigham Young University-Hawaii, which is private) for another 30 miles. Parking is even worse. The staff is general helpful. It's a nice place to cool off (good air conditioning) but that's about it.
I lived in Hawaii for 5 years and always took my visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a great cultural experience. Don't skip the night show; it's the best way to see a sampling of all the polynesian islands represented at the center and it's a lot of fun. Go to the Samoan village to learn how to husk a coconut and get some good laughs. Definitely a good way to spend a day in Hawaii. The luau is one of the most authentic you will get on Oahu.
This is the best place to go for Hawaiian prints. They also have a great selection of fabric for formals, etc. You have to dig through massive bolts to see everything. Don't expect a fancy set-up; this is warehouse style but the prices are worth it. They don't carry more than a few patterns and notions so go to a regular fabric store for that. Overall, a great place to spend a bunch of money on fabric.
PROS: awesome prices
I was impressed with the staff in the L&D ward of Orem Community Hospital when I gave birth earlier this year. My labor nurse was absolutely excellent. She was always available and can't me and the doctor updated on my status. I had a nice big room to myself. The lactation instruction, use of a pump, etc could have been better (maybe they are great for perfect circumstances but mine was not).
Overall, I would recommend Orem Community for those who want a smaller hospital experience.
I stayed at LDS hospital overnight following surgery. I was not impressed with their ablity to handle pain management. The nursing staff was also unpredictable. Sometimes it would take multiple pushes of the button and 30 plus minutes to get a nurse in the room (a little scary in my opinion if a person was in cardiac arrest or something similar). The CNA could barely speak English and I had to repeat several times what was hurting before she finally got that my abdomen not arm was the problem.
I will say that the nurses were friendly and helpful and had my best interest at heart (when I could get them in the room).
Lace & Company has one of the largest collections of lace, especially nice lace, in the valley. This is not the cheap stuff you find at Joanns so plan to spend a little more. They have great quality products with a helpful staff. They also make custom wedding veils for market price (so don't expect to save money going that route).
This store manages to fit all your basic (and them some) needs into a very small space. When Petsmart and PetCo wouldn't have it, we go to Animal Ark. They have a good selection of frogs and fish in particular. Prices are often better than the big chain stores. The employees are knowledgable and great with the animals.
Thanksgiving Point is a family-friendly non-profit organization with beautiful gardens, a petting zoo, dinosaur museum, and several seasonaly activities. Recently, I took my son to their pumpkin patch where thay had great activities for kids (ages 2-6) for a nominal cost. We will certainly go back next year. Parking is amble and free. I also had my bridal shots taken in their gardens several years ago and people still ask about the beautiful background.
Paper Creations has a wonderful collection of printed paper and invitations. Their Bazzill cardstock supplies leaves something to be desired as well as their narrow aisles (not stroller friendly). Prices are comparable to other scrapbook stores with no real sales or clearance (in my experience). Paper organization seems to be totally random.
Staff is friendly and I hear they offer good classes.