Barbershop Hop

From clean-cut ‘dos to old-fashioned shaves, book an appointment at one of these new men’s salons.

While the city’s never been short on salons, the selection of modern barber-shops were a bit harder to come by—at least until recently. Th e folks at Mojo Barbershop ( had the right idea, and thankfully, more venues are following suit…


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Men’s Grooming Salon Sky all put their own fl air on the classic barbershop experience (photos courtesy barbershops).


One-stop-grooming shop 18/8 opens its latest branch at SALT in Kaka’ako this February.The mainland chain was started by duo Scott Griffiths and Ron Love—both are veterans in the hair industry, taking their collective experience with brands such as Paul Mitchell and Jose Eber to create the quintessential guy-centric salon experience. Honolulu salon proprietor Becky Gustafson found the fast-flourishing SALT complex to be a perfect fit for the all-in-one salon, given its soon-to-be very bustling local. Th e 1,100-square-foot space will house seven semi-private stations and one private station. Added bonus: Every station has its own shampoo bowl, which allows stylists and barbers to conduct all services in one place without having to move around the salon. Services run the gamut from haircuts to straight-razor shaves and scalp and face treatments to MANicures and pedicures to ear/nose/eyebrow waxing. And of course, 18/8 does coloring and gray blending as well.


At The Barbershop, located in Kapolei, it’s all about the details. “We are an ‘old school’ barbershop with ultra modern touches,” says owner Brian Yonehara. “You enter a relaxed
and friendly atmosphere with large leather sofas, bar stools, a counter to recharge your cell phone and a big screen TV,” he adds. Complimentary peanuts, filtered water and coffee offered up as you watch the big game add to Th e Barbershop’s lounge feel. Th at’s even before you’re escorted to your semi-private (complete with your own TV) space for your service. “After your consultation, you get your haircut, the stylist spins you around, reclines the chair and places a steaming hot towel on your face, then shampoos and conditions your hair,” Yonehara says. “After the stylist dries then styles your hair with product, you get and ‘old school’ back massage.” Popular offerings include open blade razor shaves, ear and facial waxing, skin fades and color services. “We have an awesome gray color blend that all the men love—we have a hard time keeping it in stock.” Yonehara adds. “We pride ourselves on making sure our men look polished and ready to take on the world when stepping out of our salon.”


At just three months old, Men’s Grooming Salon SKY is a novice in the Honolulu scene, but has a lengthy resume to back its name. The Kaka’ako barbershop opened in November 2016 with a clear mission in mind: open a barbershop with professionally trained barbers and five-star service.

Owner Hiroki Shuto says, “When I was in Japan, I used to go to a barbershop for my hair and shaving, but I could not ° nd the place like that in Hawai’i—I had to go to Japan to get a full-service barber menu.” Men’s Grooming Salon SKY offers a full-service experience with the highest quality techniques and hospitality. Even though the barbershop is less than a year old, the SKY salon brand traces its roots back to Japan as one of its top hair salon companies since the 1930s. (CNN Travel named SKY salons one of Tokyo’s best male grooming destinations.)

The signature service on the menu is a 60-minute grooming course that includes a shampoo wash, haircut, scalp massage, straight-razor shave and nail care. “Once you sit down in our luxury full-? at barber chair, you do not need to move until the end and can experience an ultimate relaxing one hour,” Shuto says. “The services use plenty of steamed towels and multiple staff take care of you simultaneously.” With impeccable service, a sharp haircut and a prime location (the barbershop is a short walk from restaurants, coffee shops and SALT at Our Kaka’ako), Men’s Grooming Salon SKY is a place for dapper gents to rest at ease. 665 Halekauwila St., Ste. C103, Honolulu, 523.3233.

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