We're always tinkering and trying new things here in the shop...sometimes it blows up spectacularly and sometimes we create a magic little nugget. These turned out pretty magic and we love the combination of earth and sea. The abalone comes from Maui and is responsibly harvested. The Koa of course comes from private ranches on the Big Island from dead or dying trees....so...this doesn't have to be your guilty pleasure.
We've attached all this awesomeness to our standard slim design case...our most popular for good reason. All of the protection without the bulk. We are proud to have our phone cases carried in over 50 stores throughout Hawaii. These however are only available on the website as the abalone and Koa combination is too difficult and expensive to make.
...sure it's amazing looking but that's just the start of it's story. We source our Koa from fallen or dying trees from private ranches on the Big Island of Hawaii. The curly grain pattern is the most rare and expensive and we use only the most beautiful (and therefore expensive). The current log we are using cost more than my truck...and it's a pretty nice truck. I personally hand sand, finish, etch, cut, ink and assemble all the cases going out of our shop. Hopefully this year I learn to delegate.
Last year I personally made over seven thousand phone cases...that's not a typo. During those efforts, I've learned a few things more than how to relieve aching finger pain and the marvels of watching Netflix into the wee hours of the morning. I found the case that everybody loves...it's not too thick, plenty of bounce if dropped, gripies (that's the technical term) on the side, and a protective lip for the front side. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.
Check out the video below. The islands are calling...answer already. No really, this is all I got. It's time to pull the trigger.
Living in the DC area these days is no picnic. My phone case gives me a piece of the islands in my hands and that makes me smile - no matter what nutty-ness is going on around me. Thank you.
Although the wrong case was originally sent, Brett immediately sent out the correct replacement. The case is perfect! Mahalo!
Love my abalone and koa case! It is truly unique! Now the test is durability and how it holds up over the next few months.
This is a talking point every time anyone sees my phone. I love it wish there was a way to upcycle the old case I had. It has definitely saved my phone from many oops.
This is my third Pono case and it was love at first sight at the Maui Ocean Centre! It has protected my phone from many potential tragedies! The evolution to the Abalone accent case is amazing, and a daily reminder of the peaceful ocean 🌊✌️☀️