Koa Wood Uses before Jewelry

Koa Wood in jewelry making is a common modern practice. Hula dancers often wear Koa bracelets and other jewelry. We've taken it a step further by pairing the beautiful wood with hypo-allergenic metals for a more versatile look as well as add to our pieces. While koa jewelry is fairly modern the use of Hawaiian Koa wood dates back centuries.

The Koa wood, also known as the Hawaiian mahogany, has always been treasured for its fine texture. The tree, native to Hawaii, thrives on volcanic soil, particularly on the Big Island where it can grow upwards of 100 feet tall. The stunning color of the wood varies between a lighter or orange brown to a deep red based on the area it grows in.  

The Polynesians have long treasured the Koa wood tree for its strength, durability and resilience. The term "Koa" translates to bold, warrior-like, brave, and fearless. It was used to make everything from weaponry and tools like spears and paddles to musical instruments like the ukulele. The prized Hawaiiam Koa wood was even reserved for people of royalty status (Aliʻi) and the Hawaiian Monarch where it was sculpted into images of gods and made into furniture among other uses. Whole Koa logs, up to 60 feet long, were used to make voyager canoes called Te Puke. Watch this short video from the History Channel showcasing how historians believed the Polynesians may have used these and their navigational skills to discover the Americas before Columbus. 

 

 

 

By the turn of the century the prized koa wood was still primarily used for those of higher status and in government architecture to make furniture, staircases, statues, and other woodworks. Iolani Palace on Oahu, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a beautiful place to view such use. The demand for Hawaiian Koa wood is still high for making quality furniture and other upscale projects. 

The State of Hawaii is working on preserving this rare but desirable wood by implementing harvest restrictions and adding reforestation projects. We at Koa Wood Rings only use wood that's been sustainably sourced, most often reclaimed pieces from woodworking projects. We also commit to helping the reforestation projects by donating a portion of our proceeds to foundations that work to educate and preserve Hawaii's natural forests such as The Hawaii Forest Institute and Hawaii Forest Industry Association. Our beautiful jewelry is purchased everyday as gifts, to celebrate anniversaries, and our rings are often the symbol of love as wedding bands. We're honored to be a part of people's love stories, memories, and aloha.

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Ancient Kauri Cross Necklace - Yellow Gold
Erik Yorston (Eastern Beach, NZ)

Ancient Kauri Cross Necklace - Yellow Gold

Perfect wedding rings

We ordered two as our wedding bands - one 4cm for the bride and one 8cm for the groom. Both are just perfect. The quality is really good.

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Hawaiian Koa Wood Wide Titanium Ring
Zack Graham (Atlanta, US)
Now that you ask

I have been married for 20yrs and my gold ring had been getting tighter. I have been looking at different options and when we were at the Volcano Park on the big island I really liked the Kowa rings. They didn't have my size so when I got back to Atlanta I ordered one. Was so excited to get it and shipping was much faster than expected, but when my ring arrived it had horizontal grain. Every one at the park and every one online had the more distinguished dark vertical grain. I know from my years working in an art studio that the horizontal would last longer than the vertical due to the grain expansion and acrylic.
Great product and I may would get another in the vertical grain if something happens to this one.
Happy with what I have just not what I thought it was going to look like.

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Hawaiian Koa Wood Bangle Bracelet - Rose Gold
Stephen Arnold (Melbourne, AU)
Stylish

This is a really stylish item of jewellery. My wife loved it and it’s great to know that the purchase is helping a very worthwhile cause.

my partner's new favorite thing

the contrast of the gold, titanium, and wood gives the ring a beautiful depth. it is light and comfortable and the engravings are clear. my partner won't stop raving and bragging about all the little details