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.
My husband loved it!
The ring is beautiful. The sizing was spot on and matches what I had sized my finger to be at the local jewelry shop.
Thank you very much! I can't wait to wear this ring when I get married next year!
Really enjoy this KOA ring, fits great and very comfortable
Got this as an anniversary present for my wife, and she loves it! Also, great customer service from the team.
Ring size was too small. They offered a trade-in for the cost of materials and shipping and comped the shipping when we had trouble using the online form. Highly recommend!
I’m pretty hard on things and this ring has really held up nicely. Still shining on.
The ring itself it’s beautiful everything I wanted, high quality and perfect sizing! The family that run the company were so helpful and kind! Would 100% recommend anything from this product
Great price and great product. The hoop earrings are made beautifully with the koa wood. Customer service is over a 5 star, really attentive to customers needs. Thank you. I will definitely shop here again. 🤙🤙🤙
I have been buying koa wood jewelry for gifts from Woodsman for years and all of it is beautiful and always appreciated by the recipients. This year I bought myself the rose gold bracelet and it is the most beautiful piece yet! I love it, wear it often, and always get complements. Thank you for your attentive service and well-made, lovely jewelry.
Wonderful piece of jewelry.
Well made & beautiful !
Many thx for the amazing customer service. Had a minor issue with my old bracelet and it was replaced with a new one. Super quality , hand crafted bracelet!!! Top notch! Your customer service sets a very high bar for the rest of the retail world to reach!! Thx again!!! Cheers
Very beautiful piece
Love the ring however it’s too big based off the sizzling chart.