Milo Box with Kolohala Details and Koa Handles by Dick Willson 4.25″x13.75″x7.5″ $500

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Milo Box with Kolohala Details and Koa Handles by Dick Willson 4.25″x13.75″x7.5″ $500

This stunning box was made by local artist Dick Willson on Oahu. It is sanded to a glassy smooth wax finish.

Image of a milo blossom c/o Wikipedia

From Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawaii, written by Lynton Dove White:

“It is told that the Waikiki home of Kamehameha I was surrounded by milo trees.Although rare today, in old Hawai`i milo was a commonly found tree, cultivated as a shade plant around homes near sunny coastal areas with loose soil. It does not grow in the high inland forests.

Brought to these islands by early Polynesian settlers who carried the seeds, this fast-growing evergreen tree was planted around the temples in Tahiti, as it was said to be spiritually connected to the chant and to prayer. It is a widespread species throughout Polynesia and Micronesia, as well as in tropical Africa.

Milo

Milo’s scientific name is Thespesia populnea, and it is also known as a portia tree. A member of the Hibiscus family, the malvacceae, it is a close relative of hau, `ilima, and ma`o, Hawai`i cotton.

The bark of milo was used for cordage fiber, similarly to hau, but it is inferior in quality to hau and to olona. The tree also yields tannin, dye, oil, medicine and gum, from various parts of the plant. The milo wood was skillfully crafted into poi bowls called `umeke `ai, and into plates, too. Calabashes/bowls of kou wood were more highly prized than those of milo, and were more often used.

Milo wood has an attractive grain that takes to a high polish and, in addition to food utensils and containers, was fashioned into paddles and other carved objects, as well as for an occasional canoe, although koa was considered to be the most popular material for canoes”.

Koa

The legendary Koa wood is native to the Islands of Hawai’i. It is highly revered and considered sacred. It is known for its deep rich colors and varied grain pattern.

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Mahalo!

Milo Box with Kolohala Details and Koa Handles by Dick Willson 4.25″x13.75″x7.5″ $500

Additional information

Weight 14.5 lbs
Dimensions 10.25 × 19.75 × 13.5 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074