Celebrating 43 years as Kailua-Kona's premier custom picture framer! Locally owned and operated, the Kona Frame shop is a full-service shop with a large selection of frame styles, ready-made frames, mat boards, and fine fabrics. We carry major American frame moulding lines and specialize in frames made of local woods, including Koa, Mango, and Ohia. Some of the local wood frame styles we carry may be found at other shops; however, most are proprietary, hand-crafted upon order, and can only be found at the Kona Frame Shop.
Our commitment to quality and customer service means we stand by our work 100%. We care deeply about our customers and the objects they entrust us with. All framing work is done on-site at the Kona Frame Shop - everything from hand-wrapping of fabric mats and liners, stretching and mounting, glazing, joining, and finishing of frames. Artwork is properly/securely stored and carefully handled from the time an order is placed until pick-up.
As professional framers with 128 years of collective experience, we believe it is our responsibility to educate and make people aware of the many options and methods available in custom framing. When working with a customer, we explain and explore different framing possibilities, emphasizing techniques and materials that will both preserve and enhance the enjoyment of each custom framed object.
We frame with Aloha.
Matt Harper – Owner, Fitter, & Frame Designer
Matt purchased the Kona Frame Shop from founder Lou Ellen Lambert in 2015 on the eve of the shop’s 40th anniversary. A transplant from Atlanta, Georgia, he comes to the framing business from the art museum industry, having worked in collection management and exhibition registration for 10 years. He is well-versed in the latest museum/conservation framing standards and practices, as well as fine art crating/shipping and art installation. Matt is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality in framing and excellent customer service provided by Lou and the shop staff since 1976.
Sharon Curtis - Framer Designer, Fitter, Matting and Textile Specialist
Lila Eisler - Fitter
Diane Kraul – Frame Maker
Diane has spent her career as a woodworker and cabinet maker, and started working at the shop in 2000. She handles all of the frame construction, cutting, and joining, as well as finishing of all raw wood frames. She spends time sanding and lacquering woods such as koa, mango, oak, African mahogany, and walnut to bring out their natural grain and luster. Repairs and refinishing of customers old or antique frames are always a welcome challenge for her. With a craftswoman's eye for fit and finish, Diane imposes very high standards on all facets of her work.
Rosemary Schatzlein – Frame Designer, Fitter, & Textile Specialist
Rosemary was the first employee of the shop, beginning her career in picture framing in 1978. Her focus is on customer service, innovative frame design, shop operations, and textiles. She participates in many framing workshops and seminars, staying current on the latest techniques and trends. Rosemary is a strong advocate of conservation framing, having seen what the Hawaiian climate, with its heat, humidity, strong sunlight, and salty air, can do to framed artwork over the years. She enjoys coming up with innovative framing designs for adventurous customers looking for something unique in the presentation of their artwork.
Nora Yamanoha – Matting/Mounting Specialist & Frame Designer
Nora was the second employee of the shop, starting in 1982. Attracted to fine picture framing because of her art background, she has a keen sense of color and brings an elegant and subtle design aesthetic to framing projects. Nora is a talented and accomplished print maker, exhibiting regularly and represented by the esteemed Holualoa gallery, Dovetail Gallery. The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has acquired 10 of her mono-prints for its permanent collection. See more of her work on her website.
Kevin, AKA Lil’ Monster, is the shop’s chief troublemaker. He loves meeting new people, his pink flamingo toy, peanut butter, and taking naps in the shop’s office.
Custom Picture Framing, Custom Object Framing, Koa Picture Frames, Custom Textile Framing, Crating, Packing, and Shipping, Mango Picture Frames, Canvas Stretching, Local Wood Picture Frames, Ready-Made Frames, Ready-Made Mat Boards, Frame Repair and Restoration, Custom Mirrors, Pick-Up, Delivery, and Installation, Archival Picture Framing, Conservation Picture Framing, Local Artwork, Free Framing and Art Consultation, Art Conservation, Art Storage, Art Collection Management, Hospitality Framing, Wholesale Frames, Hand-Wrapped Liners, Hand-Wrapped Mat Boards, Poster Frames, Picture Frames, Vintage Picture Frames, Antique Picture Frames