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Hawaiian Koa and Abalone Cases, All Models

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 doesn't have to be your guilty pleasure.

  • Slim case design (all the protection, none of the bulk)
  • Sustainably Harvested Hawaiian Koa and Abalone (no need to feel guilty)
  • Drop tested and approved (we're like drunken sailors around the shop)
  • Protection on all sides (including raised front lip to protect the screen)
  • made in Hawaii (yes that's still considered made in the USA) 

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.  

but How bout the Case???

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'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.

Still need more info? That away to be thorough!

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 71 reviews
Linda L (Denver, US)
Pretty and works good

I got the Abalone Koa blend for an iPhone 12. Really nice and the edges on the front provide a surprisingly very good grip. It would be nice if that front edge could be in another color besides black. But then maybe it wouldn't have as good a grip. I'm very happy with cover! VERY good fit! thank you

Sue King (Hilo, US)
I will buy koa phone cases from Pono forever!

This is the third phone case I’ve bought from Pono Woodworks. (Only because I’ve changed phone models, there’s never been anything wrong with the cases!) Each time the service has been wonderfully efficient, and e-mail communications regarding order status are light-hearted and amusing. All the cases have been beautiful and sturdy. They give a pleasing heft to my phone. The (non-slip!) case wraps a bit over the top surface of the phone. Nothing is blocked, but the edge-wrap protects the corners and surface glass of my phone. All the buttons on the phone still work very well through the case. And to top it all off, my iPhone charges well right through the case. I am beyond pleased! Pono Woodworks makes the best, most effective, most beautiful phone cases I have ever seen!

Laura Travison (St. Petersburg, US)
Makes my soul happy

I LOVE everything about this phone case - it is truly beautiful - is sustainable, even the messages and the packaging it came in is meaningful and super cool…. The owner is detailed and thoughtful in everything. I love the wood is sourced from the big island and upcycled - it is stunning. My fav phone case I’ve ever owned - Thank y’all and I will carry the Pono spirit with me and think of that daily. Sending much love and gratitude Brett from our island paradise to yours. Love & Sunshine - Laura

mark froemmling (Corona, US)

Beautiful, thanks!

Temple Liebmann (Mission Viejo, US)
Great case!!

We have bought several cases here and love every one of them. They are beautiful and sturdy but allow wireless charging without removing the case - LOVE IT!

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