Here are some great ideas for your home and garden upgrades. You will love the results, and if you have the time, this can be an easy DIY project. The improvements not only will beautify your home, but also will add to your property’s value.


One suggestion is using a Hawaiian stone finish to cover any bare interior or exterior walls, whether they are property walls, cement planters, a bathroom or a fireplace. A lot of people use Hawaiian stone finish for the bottom 36 inches of the house, to give a firm stone foundation appearance. Also, concrete block walls and columns look beautiful covered with stone veneer, and anything looks better with Big Rock Hawaiian stone veneer.


Big Rock is made here on Oahu, so it’s readily available and is weekly shipped to all outer islands when needed. Moss Rock, Lava, Coral are the oldest and most popular types of stone veneer, but there’s also a newer line of Blue Rock and Ulupalakua, molded from Maui lava. The veneer only is about 1.5 inches to 3 inches thick, lightweight and easily installed on any surface with mortar and sand. Big Rock also guarantees a flawless installation.


The veneer comes in “flats” and “corner-pieces,” and you can buy any amount as it is not pre-boxed. The “corner pieces” are made to wrap around a 90-degree corner of a wall or the top edge and end on a planter or fireplace hearth. Corners make the walls look 100 percent real.

Although Big Rock always has specialized in Hawaiian stone for walls and gardens, the company also carries a line of stone veneer called “Coronado Stone.” This must be ordered from the Mainland — shipping takes only two to three weeks — for those who do not want a Hawaiian look.


Big Rock is an established Hawaiian company that started in 1983, and is a longstanding member of Building Association of Hawaii, Better Business Bureau and National Association of Home Builders. Since its inception 33 years ago, more than 6 million square feet of walls have been covered with Big Rock stone veneer. You simply cannot tell the difference between Big Rock and the real thing. Try it, and you will be glad you did.

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