HAWAIIAN 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!
Hawaiian Mango trees from the Big Island of Hawaii are especially large,figured and extremely curly! Sometimes they grow more than 8′ in diameter and over 100 feet high! the wood is easy to work woith and complement koa well.
The Ohia 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.
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.
Bloodwood is a dark red wood.
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 quarter sawn face
Ohai or Monkey Pod 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. These are the trees in the Hitachi commercial in Japan that are found in Moanalua Garden’s Park.
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).
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.
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.
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.