A Shattering Experience

We all know how to find someone to help us repair things and we can figure out pretty easily how to get various materials — a piece of wood, a sheet of drywall, some sheet rock, a roll of screen, etc., etc.  But, where do you get a piece of glass that’s not for your car?

Mom’s tenants messed up her house pretty badly. One thing they did was remove the air conditioner and leave a gaping hole in the window, with no covering whatsoever. Okay, we’ll just cover that with a piece of glass.  That sounds good, don’t you think?  Good luck!

I know the size I need.  “No it’s not for my car. I just need a piece of glass. Do you have any?”

“No, we don’t do that.”

“Can you cut this to fit?”

“No, we don’t do that anymore, we got rid of that equipment.”

Auto glass? Yes. Shower doors? Yes. Jalousie windows? Sure. A piece of glass cut to the size I want? Hell no! “But it’s such a small thing; why won’t anybody help me?!? Aaargh!”

Pearl City Glass sign

Breathe. Pearl City Glass Shop to the rescue! Hooray!  A huge “Mahalo!” goes out to Ace Auto Glass on Ward Avenue for that recommendation!

The sound of breaking glass makes me cringe and the sight of broken glass is not much better — I hear danger and see pain. When I take bottles or cans to a recycling location I can’t stand the sound of the beer bottles being dropped off. I stand back and wait for that person to be done and for the sound to stop. Clearly, glass and I are not the best of friends.  I love to look at it but I don’t like to mess with it.  Glass belongs stationary or framed in some way. I also prefer keeping my blood on the inside of my veins. If there’s a way for me to cut myself, trust me, I will find it!

Glass cutting in action

The staff at Pearl City Glass Shop is very comfortable and skilled at working with this stuff. No matter the size or the reason, if you need glass and you need it cut to fit, Pearl City Glass Shop is there to help.  Oh, and if you think you’re stuck with whatever size mirror you are able to find in the department stores, think again — Pearl City Glass Shop can cut one any size you want!

Very small cut of glass

They’re located in one of those places that you pass all the time but never really see, or try not to.  You can find them at 659 Kamehameha Hwy in Pearl City, between the Sears Distribution Center and Leeward Community College.  If you still can’t find it, call them and they’ll tell you how to get there!

Something so small was so stressful.  Did I mention that Mom’s house is about 33 miles outside of town and gas prices hadn’t gone down yet?  “Ka-ching!”  One more huge “Mahalo!” goes out to Pearl City Glass Shop for saving the day and for solving an otherwise impossible problem.  Thanks you guys!

Pearl City Glass Shop, Inc.
659 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: 808-456-4502

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Auto Glass Repair // Jan 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I am very shocked that someone did flat glass and stopped doing it. Generally flat glass is a very high profit item, a fair amount of auto glass only shops are starting to do it. I would bet money someone got hurt and the insurance company made them stop doing it for liability reasons.


  • 2 Evelyn // Jan 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Larry! How do you do?

    I would almost bet money that you’re right. The insurance has got to be huge for a company that hires a lot of people and may or may not train them sufficiently to handle specialty tasks like cutting glass.

    From what I could gather from the various conversations I had through this process, they may have also lost a lot of money on shattered glass, the cost of which the company would have had to eat.

    Perhaps more people will pick up on the additional line of business, Larry! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing that!

  • 3 Bobby Revell // Jan 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Hi Evelyn! Hope you’re having a great week:)

    Wow…you can get glass cut to size in Walmart where I live. Hurricane Katrina removed all my windows (and all my belongings) but luckily, insurance paid for part of it.

    It always nice to have a place you know will help you and give great service!

  • 4 Keahi Pelayo // Jan 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Pear City Glass has done work in my home and they are great!

  • 5 Evelyn // Jan 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

    @Bobby: Wow, really?!? I’m amazed! I wonder if they took that on because of the needs of the community. Interesting. I’ll check with one of our Walmart stores and see what they say. I’ll report back!

    @Keahi: There we go! Thank you, Keahi. I love it when someone chimes in to share their good experiences like that. Added confirmation is always good when others are looking for help too!

  • 6 HawaiiVacationGifts // Jan 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Glad you found a place Evelyn. I am not sure, but when I lived in Honolulu years ago, I think I got my glass cut to size at City Mill–for my oil painting palette that I laid on a table:)

  • 7 ScreenwritingforHollywood // Jan 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Hola Hawaii from California.

    The last glass shop I saw was an artist friend of mine… and oh the things he was making! I can’t even write it here. Let’s just say they were specialty items.

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    They may have, HVG, because I did get a sense that it was something they used to do. However, I will say that they are not the ones who said they got rid of their equipment.

    City Mill was good for Jalousie windows and screens and, my oh my, what a picture-perfect job they did matching the paints I needed! I love our City Mill locations and I’m more than happy to sing their praises. 🙂

  • 9 Evelyn // Jan 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Hey ScreenwritingforHollywood! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment! I can just imagine what your artist friend was creating. 🙂

    We have our share of unique artists here as well! One of our favorite photographic artists has some very beautiful work but, as much as I love his photos, they’re not always, um, well, they’re not always rated G. But they’re art, no matter what rating you give them!

  • 10 ScreenwritingforHollywood // Jan 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm


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