OK, I confess, it's true: I'm still obsessed with the most beautiful wood of this rare aboreal creature.
While there are many places on the web where Koa is prominent, there are, as best I know, no sites dedicated to Everything Koa. So... this. (which is of course itself, like a sapling, Under Construction)
- Richard Geiger
These are from our trip to the Big Island, July 2001 (click to enlarge):
Acacia Koa: AliveThis section contains links to botanical information sources relating to A. Koa. Varieties I've seen mentioned:
This is the best compendium of information about Koa that I've found on the net. Written by Craig D. Whitesell, it's from the publication Silvics of North America, a publication of the United States Forest Service. Here's the outline:
- Native Range
- Soils and Topography
- Associated Forest Cover
- Life History
- Reproduction and Early Growth
- Sapling and Pole Stages to Maturity
- Special Uses
- Literature Cited
Here's a source for Koa seeds and seedlings.
Darn, this outfit has gone out of the seed business! However, as of June 23, 2004, the web page above states that they still have some Koa seed for sale... get 'em while you can!
And when you do find the seeds, with the book Growing Koa, you'll know just what to do with them!
Koa Lumber SourcesI've set these links up to go directly to the pages where the most specific information is available. If a link does not work, try accessing pages above the one linked to here (by directly editting the URL in the Location line of your web browser). And/or (please!) let me know, so I can keep this page up to date.
Koa in Culture, Art and ArtifactsAlive in the magnificent tree, then dying into lumber, the magic in this wood beckens for rebirth at the hands of loving artists, artisans, and craftspeople.
Koa found a special place in the culture of the native Hawaiian people; more recently, and increasingly, it is known around the world as one of the most rare and beautiful woods nature has created.
Koa and The Law
And, finally... no doubt you'll be relieved to know that section 2.28.020of the Municipal Code of the city of Santa Monica, California, recognizes A. Koa as a lawful tropical hardwood!