Pop top Koa Box (Sold)


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Pop top Koa Box 2.25″ x 5.5″ x 10.5″ by Charles Dominguez

Also called a flip lid, this functional koa box design was inspired by an antique Japanese valet box. It’s opened by pushing the back of the lid downward, which causes the lid to rest in an open position, supported by rests inside the box. It can open toward the front or back.

These are handmade in Honolulu by Charles Dominguez, owner of  of Dellera Woodworks, with just as much care and attention to detail as the big boxes.

These fine koa boxes are finished to a  smooth hand-rubbed wax finish. We do run low occasionally as they are very popular, so if you’re interested in a quantity order, please get in touch by email in advance to ensure we can meet your time requirement.  They can be laser engraved on the top or inside of the lid.  Inside the lid is a super choice as it’s still personalized but the beauty of the wood is left to be enjoyed as well as the message within.  We’ve made them both ways depending on what is needed.

This photo is of one of the less curly or figured koa selections in the collection available now.

Custom engraving is available. Please allow a week for custom orders, though we will do our best to accommodate rushes if it’s necessary.

From the Bishop Museum’s Ethnobotany Database,

Scientific Name: Acacia koa

Family: Fabaceae

Status: endemic, i.e. native to Hawaii, found only here.

Authority: A.Gray

Description: Large trees, to 25 m tall.

Habitat Common in dry to wet forests 60-2060 m on most main islands (Wagner et al. 1990:641–642).

Medicines: The young leaves used to induce sleep for cramps or fevers; ashes of burnt leaves smeared on lesions for ‘ea (thrush) and pa‘ao‘ao in children (Chun 1994:156).

Non Medicinal Uses: Noted as “one of the most common trees on all islands…equally useful for fuel and construction”; trunks (in former times) used for great war canoes (Hillebrand 1888:113); bark for dye and tanning, all types of canoes, paddles (Degener 1930:177-8; Malo 1951:20); branches used in rituals (Malo 1951:174); bark for dye, wood for surfboards (Krauss 1993:65, 96); Abbott (1992:68) says no record of koa for traditional house building. Wood traditionally used as bearing sticks and kahili handles (Lamb 1981:47); now for furniture and bowls, but calabashes for food (‘umeke) were not traditionally made from koa as a bad taste was imparted. Wood also used in making weapons (Abbott 1992:110). Sometimes placed on hula altars (Pukui 1942). In the Ethnology Collection at Bishop Museum there is a contemporary example of koa used in part of a large pump drill.

Specific gravity of wood: 0.55

Mele: (Songs)

`Ōlelo Noeau: [I] E ola koa. Live like a koa tree. Live a long time, like a koa tree in the forest. [II] Ha‘alele i Puna na hoaloha e. Left in Puna are the friends. Said of one who has deserted his friends. Originally said of Hi‘iaka when she left Puna. [III] Ka ulu koa i kai o Oneawa. The koa grove down at Oneawa. From the legend of Hi‘iaka. Canoes are sometimes referred to as the koa grove at the sea, for canoes in ancient times were made of koa. [IV] Lihu‘e ho‘a wahie lala koa. Lihu‘e lights fires with koa branches. Lihu‘e, O‘ahu, once had a grove of koa trees whose brances were used for firewood.
`Umeke `ai is an honored implement in a Hawai`i home, for through the ceremony of eating poi one at a time from the bowl at the center, the traditions and protocol of Kanaka Maoli is maintained. The `umeke `ai filled with kalo (taro) is considered the means of survival of the people of Hawai`i Nei.



The dimensions in the additional information tab includes the packing and shipping box.  Dimensions for the koa box itself are approximately 2.25″ high x 5.5″ wide x 10.5″ long.


Pop top Koa Box 2.25″ x 5.5″ x 10.5″ by Charles Dominguez

Additional information

Weight 9 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 6 x 2 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074