What’s Up With the Goose?
The Nene Goose is the official state bird of Hawaii, endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It’s considered to be the rarest goose in the world and was rescued from the brink of extinction by a long-running conservation program. Although not completely self-sustaining, the Nene Goose nevertheless represents a major conservation success story here in the islands. We admire the Nene’s resilience in the face of great adversity, and we share its love for our island home.
Coco is our own fun-loving nene goose. He goes on adventures all across the Hawaiian Islands and embodies everything about the nene goose that we love – its spunk, adaptability and adventurous go-get-’em spirit.
Our Company Roots
We started Island Sole back in 2011 to sell quality, casual slippers from brands we trust, like OluKai, Reef and Birkenstock. Our logo was a nene goose in slippers, living life on the go. The first Island Sole store opened in 2011 at Kahala Mall. People flocked to our stores to find a good pair of slippers for the whole family.
With our background in local manufacturing (since 1986) and our history working with local artists (thanks to sister company Pictures Plus), one day it occurred to us: Why not create our OWN line of home decor & gifts, featuring artwork by talented local artists in our community? So, we began to make bag tags, postcards, coasters, you name it! Picture frames, wood cut outs and of course, #LongboardLetters. We sold slippers too... just not as many as before. Eventually, we outgrew the name Island Sole and adopted our new name: CocoNene (and with it, our nene goose V. 2.0)
Made in Hawaii
At our manufacturing facility in Kapolei, Hawaii, we create a wide assortment of products – from lasercut picture frames and coasters to wood wall art and Longboard Letters. At a time when so many products are made overseas, we’re proud to be building our products locally in Hawaii. We are committed to our customers, to local manufacturing, and to supporting Hawaii’s independent artist community.
History of our Company
Pictures Plus started at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Made in Hawaii
We began locally manufacturing picture frames in Aiea, HI
The First Storefront
We opened the first Pictures Plus store in Pearl City, HI
The Big Move
We moved production to 43,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in Kapolei, HI.
The Island Sole Chapter
The opening of our first store at Kahala Mall, so began Island Sole’s journey.
The Print Shop
We began to print on canvas and paper, and later, Colorfuse prints on metal.
Find Your Aloha
We opened our first “Made in Hawaii” concept store at Pacific Beach Hotel.
The Longboard Letters program was introduced to the world!
Evolution of Our Brand
We opened our first CocoNene store at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.
Coco Turns One
The Lifestyle division celebrates one year as CocoNene
A New Bird in Town
CocoNene - Front Street opens as the flagship location in Lahaina