Ron Ho Lidded Milo Umeke 6.5″H x 11″D $1000


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Ron Ho Lidded Milo Umeke 6.5″H x 11″D $1000

The Artist about himself

I am a local boy who was born and raised in Kapahulu. After going to college and working in California, I returned home to get married and raise a family. After sending our two kids to college, I found I had more free time on my hands to fulfill my artistic desires.


One of the things that really piqued my interest actually came from a demonstration of wood turning at Nohea Gallery when it was located in Ward Warehouse. But it wasn’t until 2020 when I finally bought my lathe and began turning.


Although I’m relatively new to the craft, I am a passionate wood turner who loves to turn mostly bowls. I truly enjoy discovering the secrets within each piece of timber that makes each piece one of a kind. I let the wood dictate the overall shape and size while I focus on bringing out the natural beauty.


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 is flavorless, since it is lacking in any unpleasant-tasting sap that could contaminate stored food.

The milo tree is a small to medium-sized one, growing to less than 40 feet high. The trunk can be 2 feet in diameter at full maturity. The bark is corrugated, with scaly twigs. The branches are widely spread and usually horizontal, making for an ideal shade tree. The glossy heart-shaped leaves are 3-5 inches across. Young leaves are edible. Bell-shaped pale yellow flowers with maroon or purple centers turn purplish-pink as they with in their short one day hibiscus life. Following the flowering stage, the one inch diameter seeds grow in globular 5-celled woody cases that have downy hairs on their surface. These remain on the plant for sometime, and ripen only in areas of dry climate.

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”.



Weight and measurement in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipping.


Ron Ho Lidded Milo Umeke 6.5″H x 11″D $1000

Additional information

Weight 14 lbs
Dimensions 12.5 × 12.5 × 17 in