Having to pull away from a failing franchise brand, the owners of a Waikiki mainstay needed a restaurant brand and concept that would sink in with locals and tourists alike. Vigor was tapped to create a cross-culture experience that would encapsulate the Waikiki atmosphere.
One of the last locations to still be operating under the brand of a failed franchise system, the ownership of this Waikiki staple had a number of issues to overcome and traverse with a rebrand.
Although there are plenty of food options in Waikiki the market still craved that hole-in-the-wall, secret spot that served delicious food and drinks. Everyone wants to be in-the-know and the restaurant’s location offered that off the beaten path escape that would entice explorers while servicing locals with that “break da mouf” food they’d brag about to everyone. If we could create a name and identity that would scream “beach” without being hokey, while crafting an overall look and feel that would easily become a special part of anyone’s vacation, we knew we’d have a successful concept.
We took inspiration from classic and modern imagery of Waikiki and Hawai’i. We wanted to combine the beauty of the beach and Hawai’ian culture with the ownership’s love of delicious food and drink. The resulting name was ShoreFyre, a combination of a play on a classic word meaning “guaranteed” mixed with homophones to inject beach-related verbiage. With the name the Vigor team conjured up imagery of beach barbecues, fire, and the ocean with a subliminal guarantee of goodness.
The name and inspiration spawned more imagery that fueled the design team’s strategies. Wood textures, iconography inspired by Waikiki lifestyle, and combinations of cool, warm, and sand colors collided to create a graphic language truly owned by the brand. The design elements were easily used to expand every touch point for ShoreFyre thereby creating unique, memorable elements that worked in unison to tell the brand’s story.
From website through takeout packaging, digital menu boards to printed promotional signage, the ShoreFyre brand identity design has become a gem in the Waikiki brandscape.