The Shell Factory began operation in 1975, in a small 600 square foot warehouse space on Kauai. Initially, the "Factory" was set up as a wholesale enterprise, selling shells (in bulk) to other businesses in the islands. As business progressed, mirrors, night lights, lamps, and magnets -- all decorated with (or made from) shells -- were added to the growing product line. Within a few short years, word got out and the public and visitors to Kauai became interested in what The Shell Factory had to offer.
So ... rounding out the inventory with a quality line of sea related gift items and koa, coral and fresh water pearl jewelry ... The Shell Factory became a retail store over 28 years ago.