‘Roll’ natural-looking stones into the backyard
As the old adage goes: “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” While that may be true for rolling stones, Big Rock stones do gather moss under the right circumstances, and that’s pretty amazing considering they’re not actually real.
Most people in Hawaii are probably familiar with the company called Big Rock, located on Oahu. It has been in business since 1983 — when owners Bonnie Cooper and Brian Joy first got the idea.
Joy had a vision of creating a company that manufactured Hawaiian stone, so the two of them learned everything they needed to know, making sure that anything they made looked identical to natural stone. Today, 35 years later, their business has become famous for its Hawaiian stone veneers including Moss Rock, Lava and Ocean Reef coral and for its unique line of stone landscaping items, including Moss Rock stepping-stones and boulders, stone fountains, waterfalls and Japanese garden stones. The company also makes Buddhas of all sizes, tikis, garden ornaments, and the company has hollow boulders and copper rain chains as well.
For those of you not familiar with the way it’s done, the owners are constantly collecting new and interesting looking natural stones of all kinds from which they then take molds to create Big Rock stones. These duplicate stones are much lighter in weight than the natural stone, but look identical to those created by Mother Nature and Madame Pele. This process not only saves the island’s environment, but also makes stonewalls and landscaping projects a breeze to do. The stone veneer and landscaping items both have extended warranties and are of the highest quality.
This company, located in Mapunapuna not far from the Honolulu airport, has a beautiful large outdoor garden showroom, and another inside. The rock is made daily; right on the 1-acre property, by the hardworking “rock stars,” who are the Big Rock employees.
For customers on the outer islands and the mainland, Big Rock ships on a weekly basis and if you are thinking of covering a wall with stone veneer you may request a sample before you order.
The staff will also consider making unique things just for you, including custom-made memorial stones for lost pets or loved ones. Big Rock takes pride in pleasing its clientele, and the staff enjoys sharing ideas with people that just “don’t know where to start” when they’re renovating the home or garden.
So, if you’re looking for something you will not find anywhere else on earth, that will last forever, is of superior quality, and is reasonably priced, go to Big Rock and have a look around. If you have a project in mind, you can also send a photo and some dimensions by email to Cooper at email@example.com, and she’ll work out a materials price for you.
For more information, visit bigrockhawaii.com and be sure to visit Big Rock’s Face-book page for new ideas and to post a comment.