Ser­vices to tackle your daily tasks

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Ja­son Gene­gabus ja­son@starad­ver­

It’s just be­fore 9 a.m. on a week­day morn­ing in April, and Donna Lynn Ro­driguez is stand­ing out­side the Hawai­ian Air­lines cargo fa­cil­ity near Honolulu In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Just a few min­utes later she is gone, hav­ing loaded up boxes full of neigh­bor is­land pro­duce des­tined for a lo­cal restau­rant.

Dur­ing the course of a day, Ro­driguez might also go gro­cery shop­ping, drop off a ve­hi­cle at a body shop for re­pairs, file gen­eral ex­cise tax re­turns down­town or even drive half­way across the is­land to re­trieve a for­got­ten cell­phone — all for other peo­ple.

No task is too small or mun­dane for her busi­ness, which she re­cently re­branded as 808-Er­rands.

“I love run­ning er­rands,” she said. “Any­thing that can be del­e­gated to an­other per­son, we’ll do it.”

As more Oahu res­i­dents re­al­ize that their time is more valu­able than money, busi­nesses like Ro­driguez’s are spring­ing up to of­fer so­lu­tions for ev­ery­thing from gro­cery shop­ping and gen­eral er­rands to laun­dry and meal de­liv­ery.

Su­per­mar­ket chain Safe­way launched a gro­cery de­liv­ery ser­vice on Oahu last year that al­lows cus­tomers to shop via a smart­phone app or on­line. De­liv­ery costs $6.95 when spend­ing at least $150 ($9.95 for or­ders un­der $150).

“As some­one who has no car, it is a con­ve­nient way to get gro­ceries,” said Makiki res­i­dent Sylvia Flores. “For me, the time-sav­ing and no has­sle of find­ing a ride is worth the de­liv­ery fee. The app takes a lit­tle (pa­tience) to work through, but just like shop­ping at the store it takes time to choose the right prod­uct.”

For pet own­ers, it’s not al­ways about mak­ing a de­liv­ery. Pick­ing up af­ter four-legged fam­ily mem­bers is an un­pleas­ant and time-con­sum­ing chore. Got­ owner Ali Mathews-Ba­con trav­els all over Oahu to scoop up dog poop.

“I get to my clients be­fore some of them have even opened their eyes in the morn­ing. I’ll let my­self in and I take the poo away with me so they don’t have to deal with it,” she said.

Mathews-Ba­con charges $12 per weekly visit for one dog and $3 for each ad­di­tional an­i­mal.


Donna Lynn Ro­driguez owns and op­er­ates 808-Er­rands, an er­rand-run­ning busi­ness in Honolulu. Last month she picked up pro­duce at Hawai­ian Air Cargo to de­liver to a restau­rant.

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