Since Opening our doors in 1978
Island Pacific Distributors has been a leading distributor of doors, frames, finish hardware security and specialty building products in the Hawaiian islands. We are located in a 35,000 square foot facility on Oahu in the Iwilei area. Our facility consists of offices, warehouse, showroom, and steel door/frame fabrication shop. We offer our customers much more than the high quality products we distribute. We provide a wide range of services from consultation and analysis to security systems design and installation.
Employee Owned Pride
As Employee Owners, each IPD employee takes honor in their work, providing the best service available in the industry. Whether you are an architect, general contractor, or management company, we treat everyone with respect and ensure we assist you in finding a solution. Our unwavering dedication and pride in our trade is evident with the number of repeat customers and partners who trust IPD to always be there for them.
Founded on October 2, 1978 by Barbara and Leon Wolfley, Island Pacific Distributors (IPD) began our humble beginnings at our King Street location, opening our doors to customers as a Wholesale Hardware and Locksmith Supply Company. IPD concentrated on supplying high security keys and locks for perimeter doors on many of the high-rise condominiums being built during the high-rise boom in Waikiki and along the Ala Wai Corridor. Along with condominiums, we sold to many of the local retail establishments of the time including McDonalds, Liberty House, Gibson’s, Handyman Hardware, Holiday Mart Hardware, Ben Franklin Stores, & J.C. Penny’s.
IPD expanded into the hospitality industry, providing various Waikiki and neighbor island hotels with their mechanical room keys, personalized for each property. Later in the decade, with IPD’s assistance, these locks would be replaced by the infant electronic locksets that have now become an industry standard. IPD began to be known in the local construction industry as the company that got things done. Always supporting our customers, Barb and Leon spent several months living at the Sheraton Waikiki ensuring a smooth transition to electronic locks at each guest room.
Along with various lock replacements at major facilities including Kamehameha Schools and Federal buildings, IPD expanded its offering to include a retail experience for the high-end luxury homes during the Japanese real estate bubble. IPD’s “Touch Of Brass” showroom became the premier location for hardware and bathroom fixtures.
Two significant advancements occurred in the 1990s that continued IPD’s development in the commercial door and hardware field. First, IPD added a full-service Hollow Metal Door and Frame shop to our product offerings. IPD’s weld shop is the only Warnock Hersey Mark shop in the State certified by Intertek to construct and modify Assa Abloy’s Curries line of Hollow Metal Doors and Frames. Secondly, IPD became the exclusive Hawaii distributor for the complete line of Sargent Hardware: a badge we continue to wear with honor to this day.
Seeing the need for a larger facility to house our expanded operations, we moved from our original South King Street location to a much larger facility on Puuhale Road. The Puuhale location was 3 times larger than the South King Street location, providing additional room for IPD’s sustained growth.
Island Pacific Installers
The high-rise condominium construction stretching along the Kapiolani corridor provided great growth opportunity for IPD. With the highest quality products, larger warehouse, competitive pricing, and IPD’s reputation for extraordinary customer service, we earned our spot as one of the top Architectural Hardware suppliers in the State; supplying material for more than 95% of the State’s condominium projects.
Island Pacific Installers (IPI) was formed in 2005 to install specialty doors, hardware, and other products such as MM Systems’ expansion joints on projects furnished by IPD. IPD became the exclusive distributor for the unique Total Door Openings System: an aesthetically pleasing complete door / hardware system for elevator lobby doors.
In 2008, we moved to our current location on Alakawa Street with over 25,000 square feet of warehouse, fabrication, and office space. The larger space provided us the opportunity to continue to expand in support of our loyal customer base.
With high-rise condominium construction gaining steam, IPD and IPI continued to expand product offerings including becoming Hawaii’s exclusive Smoke Guard distributor and installer in 2014 as well as adding CornellCookson’s line of coiling and sectional doors in 2016.
Our biggest transformation occurred in 2014 when Island Pacific Distributors became an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). As an ESOP, employees earn an ownership stake through their service, contributing to their financial stability in retirement. IPD’s dedicated and experienced staff, averaging nearly 20 years each, provided the perfect recipe for success in the transition to employee ownership. Employees have wholeheartedly embraced the ESOP model and continue to build on the positive reputation IPD forged over forty years in the islands. IPD celebrated our 40th Anniversary on October 2, 2018; marking a milestone few companies achieve. As the decade ended, Barb and Leon entered well deserved retirement after over 40 years of hard work and success; handing IPD’s future over to our employee owners.
A Bright Future
IPD’s strong partnerships forged over decades of mutual respect enabled us to continue to serve customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Kim Conner and Robert Field’s leadership, IPD never shut its doors. True to our founders’ moto “Find A Way”, we were able to ensure that IPD maintained our position as the leading architectural hardware distributor in the State. In 2021, IPD purchased our first warehouse to provide a permanent home for the weld shop, installation teams, and room for future expansion.
IPD’s future shines bright employing the fundamentals of customer service and quality products built over five decades supporting architects, contractors, and facility owners.
CAREERS AT ISLAND PACIFIC
Are you interested in a rewarding career with a high paced, hard working, results oriented team environment? At Island Pacific Distributors, you are more than an employee: you are a owner of Hawaii’s premier Architectural Hardware Distributor.