One of the great things about living in Hawaii is being able to enjoy natural light year-round, yet few people want the sun’s rays streaming into their homes at full-force all day long. Plantation shutters are ideal for controlling the amount of sunlight that enters the home.

Quite popular in the islands, these high-quality shutters offer many more benefits over alternatives such as curtains. Unlike curtains, shutters allow you to vary the amount of sunlight coming through windows without compromising privacy. Shutters also are very easy to clean and maintain, requiring no more than a quick wipe with a damp cloth to remove dirt, dust and grime.


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 G&S Shutter Designs owner Gavin Shibuya. “The unique design of our shutters 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 them among the most durable shutters on the market. 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 that its 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 installation,” said Shibuya. “We are the owners of the company, and we take pride in our work and make sure our customers are satisfied.” Despite being a small company, G&S Shutter Designs has tackled some big projects, including

Kahala Nui and St. Francis Hospice. The company is currently working with Ka Makana at Hoakalei, a new development in Ewa Beach.

Even with such large-scale projects, G&S Shutter Designs remains focused on serving Oahu’s homeowners. “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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