By Brandon Bosworth

One of the great things about living in Hawaii is being able to enjoy natural light year-round. Yet few of us want the sun’s rays streaming into our homes all day long. We want to be able to control the amount of outside illumination entering our houses. Plantation Shutters are ideal for this purpose.


Long popular in the Islands, high-quality shutters offer benefits over alternatives such as curtains. Unlike curtains, shutters allow you to vary the amount of sunlight coming through windows without compromising privacy. Shutters are also very easy to keep clean and maintain.

One of the best shutter options is Polycore Plantation Shutters offered by G&S Shutter Designs. “I have seen a lot of plantation shutters and I believe the quality of our Polycore Shutter is unmatched,” said Gavin Shibuya, owner of G&S Shutter Designs. “The unique design of our shutter is different than all the other shutters out there and the structural strength of our product is unbeatable.”

Polycore shutters are the world’s only solid-synthetic plantation shutters with a co-extruded aluminum core. This makes it among the most durable shutters on the market today. They are both fire-retardant and moisture-resistant, making them impervious to the elements. These shutters are so durable that G&S Shutter Designs guarantees their Polycore Plantation Shutters will never warp, crack, chip or peel.


“We stopped selling all the other window coverings because we knew we had an excellent shutter that was really high-quality that we could sell at a better price than most of the competition,” said Shibuya. “The elegant look, functionality and durability sets the plantation shutters apart from all other window coverings.”

G&S Shutter Designs is a local firm with a very hands-on approach. “My business partner Shaun Harada and I handle every part of the process from the sales to the installation,” said Shibuya. And despite being a small company, G&S Shutter Designs has tackled some big projects that include Kahala Nui and St. Francis Hospice. They are currently working with Ka Makana at Hoakalei, a new development in Ewa Beach.

“We have awesome customer service, some of the best pricing out there and a unique quality plantation shutter, which we believe every home should have,” said Shibuya.


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