Koa Bowl 2.5″H x 5.5″D by Gordon Tang $230 (Sold)


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Koa Bowl 2.5″H x 5.5″D by Gordon Tang $230



Gordon Tang’s traditional Hawaiian shapes are widely appreciated by collectors of Hawaiiana both for functional and decorative purposes. A number of people collect his bowls for poi supper, luckies!



Ancient Hawaiians were using the koa trunks to build waʻa (dugout outrigger canoes) and papa heʻe nalu (surfboards).  The reddish wood is very similar in strength and weight to that of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). Because of its specific gravity of 0.55, Koa is sought for use in wood carving and furniture. Koa is also a tonewood. It is often used in the construction of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars.

The koa population has suffered from grazing and logging.  The largest koa grow in wet forest areas. Many of those have been logged out, though. Koa now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands. Although formerly used for outrigger canoes, there are few koa remaining, large and straight enough to do so today. In areas where cattle are present, the koa regeneration is almost completely suppressed. However, if the cattle are removed, koa are among the few native Hawaiian plants able to germinate in grassland. It can be instrumental in restoring native forest.

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipment.


Koa Bowl 2.5″H x 5.5″D by Gordon Tang $230

Additional information

Weight 5.9 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11.5 × 11.5 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074