David K.Y. Chung Kou Calabash


Kou Calabash by David K.Y. Chung 13.5 x 7.5


Kou Calabash by David K.Y. Chung 13.5 x 7.5

David K.Y. Chung is a talented woodturner and a great supporter of the Honolulu Woodturners.

Honolulu-born David Chung was raised in Moanalua Gardens and Kalihi. The son of a cabinetmaker, he grew up in a shop environment. He became an architect in 1973 and retired in December 2010. In 2002 he acquired a lathe and there was no turning back. Self-taught as a woodturner, what was a week-end pursuit of his acquired passion can now be undertaken full time. David’s shop is in a converted garage at his home in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu. Before woodturning, he started a line of wooden clocks sold in galleries and trade shows under the name ArchiClocks. David is a past President and an active member of the Honolulu Woodturners club and a member of the American Association of Woodturners.

Kou Calabash by David K.Y. Chung 13.5 x 7.5

From the Bishop Museum Ethnobotany Database:

Hawaiian Name: kou

Scientific Name: Cordia subcordata

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Boraginaceae

Status: Polynesian introduction

Authority: Lam.

Description: Small trees 5-7 m tall.

Habitat Found on all main islands, sparringly naturalized at low elevation, in dry coastal areas (Wagner et al. 1990:392–4).


Non Medicinal Uses: Soft but durable wood made into bowls (‘umeke) & utensils, does not give off flavor (Krauss 1993:22), special ‘umeke mana ‘ai for first–born children made sometimes of kou that had been planted over afterbirths of grandparents

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus: near Halekini

The weight and size under the additional information tab includes the dimensions when packed for shipping. The actual dimensions are included in the item listing above.


Additional information

Weight 13.25 lbs
Dimensions 19.5 × 13.5 × 6.5 in

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