Wall Mounted Koa Sailing Canoe 12″H x 35″L $600
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). Koa 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 if any koa trees remaining that are large and straight enough to do so today. With today’s forestry efforts, there is hope that many change for future generations.
In areas where cattle are present, because the seedlings are eaten, koa regeneration is almost completely suppressed. However, when the cattle are removed, koa trees are among the few native Hawaiian plants able to germinate in grassland. Koa can be instrumental in restoring native forests.
The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ table includes packing for shipment. The dimension listed on this page is correct for the piece itself. Mahalo!