Exotic Hawaiian Veneers

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Mission: Supply Hawaiian and exotic woods, ukuleles, and products that reflect the beauty of God's creation.

Core Values: Integrity • Honesty • Hard working & Disciplined • Family • Efficiency



We are welcome to accept all Walk-Ins and have greatly improved the buying experience for all levels - from one piece of lumber to a full container of KOA. We have milling on-site (for a fee) to cut down pieces to fit your luggage if needed. Parking in front of our bay door usually open!

EMAIL: inquiry "at-mark" winklerwoods.com CALL: 808-591-8144 PLEASE positive review on YELP if you had a great experience

We are a wholesale and retail supplier capable of supply one to 1,000’s of sets. We stock sets and lumber. We do all the processing from green to final product at our Honolulu location while the milling of logs is done on the Big Island. Please email for availability. While we welcome walk-ins it is a good idea to confirm we will have what you are looking for, so try to call or email ahead if you can. We currently have Koa, Mango, Monkey Pod, Sugi (Japanese Cedar), Hawaiian Mahogany (Eucalytpus specie) lumber easily accessible for immediate purchase.

We also try to keep a good stock of sets, especially ukulele sets. If you are after 5A Master Grade Hawaiian koa sets, please give us a shout before you come as they are not always in stock.

We try our best to be sure you do not waste your precious Hawaii time. Some Saturdays by appt only for sales $1,000+.

NOTE: We have only ONE location (google sometimes shows a very old airport location) on Waimanu St. in the Ward & Kakaako area about 10 minutes drive from Waikiki. The trolley stops nearby about a 5 minute walk away.

** Instrument grade (QUARTER-SAWN FIGURED) Koa is sold in SET & LUMBER form; please email for custom quote. We do not email price lists.


Name Description Products
Lumber Instrument
Veneers Flooring Moldings

Koa (ACACIA KOA) aka "Hawaiian Koa" is the main wood we supply in various forms. Our koa originates from the Big Island of Hawaii from the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Koa is the premier hardwood of Hawaii and ranges in price from affordable to astronomical! Read more

Koa for the instrument world is our specialty. We sell both lumber and sets of all grades and have satisfied customers worldwide. Despite the rumors, koa is NOT running out, but rather what is allowed to be cut is very limited therefore so is the supply and high prices.

Despite the limited availability our business has successfully supplied the market for MANY years due to our excellent reputation and relationship with landowners and ability to successfully harvest and replant

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MANGIFERA INDICA — Mango is a large tree often reaching 65 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter. The wood has been used in Hawai'i for carved and turned bowls and furniture. Read more

Mango is a relatively soft hardwood, moderately heavy, with specific gravity of 0.57. The color is lustrous blond, frequently showing mottled color variation acquired during drying. Some trees may have dark brown heartwood. The grain is often wavy and often has a pronounced curly or "fiddleback" figure. Though tough, mango wood is perishable and is therefore tricky to season without degrade.

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METROSIDEROS POLYMORPHA — The 'Ohi'a is unique to Hawai'i. It is one of the trees initially used by native Hawaiians for critical construction applications such as tools, and wear-strips along the gunwales of canoes. Read more

Its modern applications are typically in flooring, furniture and cabinetry.

It is the most common endemic tree in the state, can be a major component of mixed forest stands, and is one of the very first trees able to take root on new lava fields. The tree is present in shapes ranging from shrubs to 100 feet in height. The wood ranges in color from pale brown to a dark reddish brown. It is fine grained, very hard, strong, and dense (specific gravity .70) In furniture and cabinetry applications, 'Ohi'a is nearly indestructible. However, great care and experience must be brought to bear in the seasoning of this notoriously unstable wood.

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SWIETENIA MAHOGANI — Cuban mahogany is the first discovered species of mahogany. It was introduced to Hawai'i in the early 1900s, and is widely planted in both public and private forest stands. It has been used in various locations as a stately street tree. Read more

The tree grows to 60 feet in height and 4 feet in diameter.

The heartwood is reddish, pinkish, or yellowish when cut, gradually turning a dark red brown. It is moderately hard, heavy (specific gravity .7-.8) and strong. Roots and stumps of large trees are prized for their strong figure.

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I have some in veneer only- please call for availability; we do not supply lumber or other forms of these woods.

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BROSIMUM PARAENSE — Bloodwood is a dark red wood.


— Albizia is mostly a "wee tree" fast-growing but some are darker and called "chocolate heart" which can sometimes be confused with koa but is very beautiful but slightly toxic dust so take care when working with it.


CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM — Kamani grows near the seashore, and reaches heights of 40 to 60 feet, diameters up to 36 inches. The heartwood is reddish brown, with a moderate density (specific gravity .6). It was traditionally used for bowls.

The wood is lustrous and the interlocking grain shows a dramatic braided ribbon stripe on the quartersawn face. Read more

It is relatively difficult to work because of the interlocked grain, but very fine cabinetry has been made from it. The doors on the main floor of 'Iolani Place have panels of Kamani veneer.

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THESPESIA POPULNEA — Milo is a medium-sized lowland tree attaining 30 feet in height, with a trunk diameter of 8 to 20 inches. This slow-growing, taste-free and insect-resistant wood has been used historically by native Hawaiians in the making of food containers and in boat building. It has light brown sapwood, clearly defined from the reddish/chocolate brown heartwood. Read more

The stable wood is moderately heavy (specific gravity .6), is easy to work and takes a very high polish. Because of the high value of the beachside real estate milo thrives on, it is not currently planted in commercial quantities.

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OHAI(Monky Pod)

SAMANEA SAMAN — Ohai is Commonly planted for shade and wood. A beautiful shade tree, introduced to Hawaii in 1847, with large trunk and very broad arched crown of dense foliage. Trees can achieve heights of 50-75 feet, with a relatively short trunk of 2-4 feet in diameter. Read more

Sapwood of the monkey pod is yellowish and the heartwood dark chocolate brown to golden brown with darker streaks. The wood is moderately hard, lightweight and fairly strong. Monkey pod is resistant to decay and drywood termites. The wood shrinks very little and takes a finish beautifully, thus making great looking furniture, bowls, and musical instruments - ukuleles and guitars especially.

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GREVILLEA ROBUSTA — Silk-oak, commonly called "silky oak", was introduced for shade, ornament and reforestation. It may reach 70 feet in height with a diameter of up to 3 feet. The wood was traditionally referred to as "lacewood" in its native Australia, and is now scarce there. It is moderately dense (specific gravity .57). Read more

The heartwood is initially pale pinkish brown, with strong medullary rays on the quartersawn face resembling those characteristic to oak.

Flat-sawing of the lumber produces a less dramatic but attractive "fish scale" figure. In time, the wood seasons to a lustrous golden color. This open-grained wood finishes well. The tree grows up to an elevation of 4,000 feet, and is naturalized on diverse private and state forest lands.

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SUGI (Japanese Ceder)

CRYPTOMERIA JAPONICA — Sugi, often called Sugi pine yet is really a true aromatic cedar, is an aromatic softwood native to Japan. The sapwood is white or yellow, with reddish brown heartwood. The wood is light (specific gravity .41). It has strength properties similar to western red cedar, and is suitable for aromatic drawer linings. Read more

It has traditionally been one of the most important timbers of Japan, and was planted by the Hawai'i Division of Forestry between 1910 and 1960. Use of Sugi in decorative items is growing.

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TOONA CILIATA — Toon was introduced in 1918 for plantation use. It grows to 50 feet tall and reaches over two feet in diameter. The wood is very lightweight (specific gravity .35), and is reddish brown. The tree is also called "Australian red cedar", because of the strong aromatic cedar scent of the wood. Read more

It carves and turns particularly well. There are several stands in Hawai'i forest plantations.

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Koa is generally graded by strength and depth of curl or evidence of figure and character: fancier wood + higher grade Color is not a grading factor in and koa can range from a very light, golden color to a deep chocolate.

1A-2A (no or low curl)

No or light curl; has vertical grain cut (quarter-sawn) and little to no runoff at the edges

3A (medium or deluxe curl)

Sometimes strong a localized curl; pervasive curl yet may disappear or look stronger at certain angles or have bald spots

4A (high or premium curl)

Strong curl and figure, usually throughout the entire plate, generally visible from all angles

5A (super or master curl)

"Master grade"; excellent, strong, deep curl with no blemishes