ABOUT WINKLER WOODS

Winkler Woods LLC was formed in 2002 by the fourth generation Koa wood industry leader, Jorma Winkler, to supply Exotic Hawaiian Woods to customers worldwide, both in lumber and veneer form. The Winklers have been a major distributor of Hawai’ian Hardwoods in Hawai’i for the past few decades. We specialize in supplying your unique Koa, Mango, and Ohia Hawaiian Hardwood needs.

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Company Name

Winkler Woods LLC

TEL: 808-591-8144 Fax: 808-356-0911
inquiry “at-mark” winklerwoods.com

Koa Harvesting

Hawaii Island

Established

May 2002

Business Activities

Koa manufacturing and distribution; cultural relations between Japan and Hawaii

History

Late 1800’s

Our first experience with sawmilling and wood supply started generations ago in Northern California.

Early 1970’s

2000

The first Winklers relocated to Hawaii for forestry industry work.

 

Jorma Winkler began marketing Hawaiian lumber species worldwide.

2002 May

Winkler Woods LLC formed to supply koa to the instrument makers worldwide in lumber, resawn sets, and fancy veneers.

2003 June

Winkler Woods LLC chosen over many other companies by the State of Hawaii, Dept of Hawaiian Homelands to harvest, market, and reforest over 100 acres of koa forested land on the slopes of Mauna Kea 6,000′ elevation.

2006 October

Honolulu, Hawaii branch office for sales and distribution started.

A new line of ukuleles was formed by Jorma Winkler to make use of small pieces of koa that can be used in ukuleles. World famous line of UKULELES named Big Island Ukulele Co.

www.bigislandukulele.com

2010 July

Office and warehouse moved to more central Honolulu location; now within walking distance to major shopping areas (Ward and Ala Moana); kiln drying and secondary processing done here.

2011

Moved from unit 104 to unit 108 twice the size to add a full millwork shop.

2014

Winkler Woods (Jorma Winkler) named Hawaii State Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year and presented award by Hawaii Congress Members in both the House and Senate.

2016

Michael, the ops manager from 2015- early 2018, launches Winkler Woods furniture and cabinetry business to offer custom product to the booming development in Kaka’ako.  A few key projects: the new International Marketplace Burial Room Wall exterior (custom-made Shou Sugi Ban), the interior wall at the Waiea Nobu in Kaka’ako, again Shou Sugi Ban.   Also made Hawaiian Mango and Sugi dining tables for the extremely popular sushi restaurant, Sushi Murayama in the 808 Center.  Restaurant Nobu’s wall paneling was another Sho Sugi Ban project completed by us.

2017

Winkler Woods becomes MUCH more “retail-friendly” getting more organized and easier for customers to come in and purchase many different exotic local hardwoods such as Lychee, Sugi, Ohai, Monkey Pod, Silver Oak, Robusta, Kamani, Milo, Kou, Japanese Tochi, Quilted and Figured Maple, Spruce, and a few others in lumber and natural edge slabs.

2019

Winkler Woods gives up Kaka’ako Waimanu St location as of 12/31/2018 and reorganizes the business completely to focus more on Koa wood procurement and sales while working with local, Hawaiian contractors for the millwork portion of the process.  Jorma hand selects the best koa and mango wood and cants for production then guides the entire process and controls the grading meticulously.  The business is much more streamlined, yet at the same time not able to accommodate the retail market as well.  sorry… I cannot do it all…

Milling and logistics is done in Wahiawa and veneer distribution is in Kapolei.     This allows Jorma to travel to and from the Big Island to make sure the flow of koa is steady, and also to Japan to process, grade and ship the veneers.