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 Hawaiian 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.
Let customers speak for us
I purchased this as a 5 year anniversary gift for my wife and wanted to get something with responsibly sourced Kauri wood. The quality and look were perfect
Beautiful rings and great costumer service!!
Hawaiian Koa Wood Titanium Ring - Cove
I have worked with them for years. Always a pleasure! One accurate way to measure a company is how they stand by the product. Never had a problem they didn’t promptly solve!
Love the product and love the service. Highly recommend.
This ring is amazing. The wood inlay against the tungsten looks incredible. I’ve had so many comments about how good it looks and how unique it is. The ring is a bit heavier and thicker than most rings I tried, but despite this, it is one of the most comfortable. I’ve only been wearing the ring for a few days but it seems very sturdy and doesn’t appear to mark easily. The customer service enquiring and ordering the ring was also prompt and helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Woodsman Jewellery.
We love the style and look of this handsome ring- it’s unique and well crafted and could not be more fitting for my husband
Absolutely gorgeous and so happy to get matching bands!
I purchased this for my grandson, and he loves it!
I bought two necklaces (with crosses) for my aunty and cousin - they both loved it! Thank you for beautiful pieces of work!
I purchased a Koa wood titanium ring in Hanapepe, Kauai a few years ago. Recently it felt like the wood become depressed inside the titanium and a rough edge developed. I sent my ring in and the Woodsman diagnosed and sent me a brand new ring. 100% guarantee/warranty at no cost to me. Thank you for the great customer service.
Debated between the stainless steel and the yellow gold and very happy with the gold and how goes with highlights of the koa wood.
Very nice & arrived quickly!
The quality of your products are exquisite!!
Years ago I bought the bracelet and earrings of Redwood. And it still looks like new. Now I bought the necklace too. I’m getting a lot of compliments for the very special and luxuary look of it. I was really surprised too about the excellent service and garantuee. One piece of the bracelet was missing and without any problem they offered me a new one. Although I live in Holland (Europe), I recieved very quickly the complete order. Just in time before X-mas. 😊 This is really outstanding service! I am very happy with the set of Redwood-juwelery and also with the service.