Unique Cast Stones Will “Rock” You

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: BackyardExterior

Big Rock is an exceptional store in Honolulu that manufactures and sells various products that are not available anywhere else in the world. It specializes in making copies of our Hawaiian stones and has been doing so for 30 years. There is no other business like it!

You can’t imagine how many rocks, boulders and pieces of stone the owners, Bonnie Cooper and Brian Joy have accumulated throughout the 30 years, and they are always adding to the collection. Some of the beautiful stone bowls and unusual boulders have been lent by homeowners who have seen and appreciated the quality of the copies and want to contribute to the collection.

Molds are taken from the original pieces they find, and then reproductions are cast in a lightweight concrete. There is unquestionably no way a person can tell the difference between Big Rock and the real thing, and just think of how much of our islands’ natural stone has been conserved through Big Rock’s method of casting copies.

Even after 30 years here on Oahu there are still many people that may have heard about Big Rock, but have never taken the time to visit its showroom, and Bonnie and Brian confirm this each time they participate in one of Oahu’s many trade shows. “The people are always excited and impressed with the few things they see at our show displays, but admit they have not been to the store. Once they come, they are happy they did and always spread the word to friends and neighbors,” the owners said.

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Why would you use Big Rock? Well, it is much lighter in weight than real rock. For example, the boulders do not have to be dug into the ground as they already have a flat bottom. The moss rock stepping stones are 3-inches thick and ready-to-place, but they look as though you have miraculously found natural rock for a pathway that is flat. The stone items can be used to dress up lanais too, surrounded with a bit of river rock and perhaps a small fountain.

Big Rock stone veneer is used to cover any and all wall surfaces, giving you a natural stone wall appearance, but it’s only about 1 1/2-inches thick, lightweight and easy-to-install. Actually, all Big Rock stone products are easy to use, and Brian and Bonnie always try to encourage homeowners to consider doing the work themselves, whether it’s a rock wall or garden project. But if you’d prefer someone else do the job, landscapers use Big Rock with the assurance that they are not using rocks taken from a sacred heiau. The masonry contractors love to install the easy-to-use stone veneer, too.

Big Rock has stone veneer, stone benches and tables, boulders, stone bowls of many sizes, bridges, garden edgers, ponds, waterfall boulders, garden ornaments, Buddhas, tikis and much more. Of course, not everything at Big Rock is made there. Some garden accent pieces and other goodies are brought in, such as a variety of rain chains, Japanese-style lanterns, bamboo fountain kits, pond pumps, liners, filters, underwater lighting, birdbaths, decorative fountains and more than a dozen pre-cast waterfalls.

See how 30 years of being Hawaii’s “Rock Stars” have made Big Rock famous for the quality and uniqueness of its products.

BIG ROCK
contact // 834-7625 (ROCK)
address // 1050 Kikowaena Place
web // www.bigrockhawaii.com