Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

March/April 2019

The Koa Mystique

The Koa Mystique THE KOA TREE — Acacia koa is its scientific name — has long been prized in Hawai`i, its wood once reserved strictly for royalty. The word “koa” means warrior in the Hawaiian language and indeed, the canoes that Hawaiian warriors sailed to conquer the island chain were made from koa, as well as some of the weapons they used in combat. Today, replica Hawaiian weapons are still made utilizing koa wood lashed to shark’s teeth or marlin bills, the devastating effect of the weapons belied by their simplicity and artistic appearance. Koa was also used to make the first surfboards in the

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The Wood of Kings

The Wood of Kings At Waikoloa Beach Resort, koa wood items can be found in several retail shops. In the Kings’ Shops, Martin & MacArthur has been one of the best-known names in koa furniture for almost 60 years in Hawai`i. The company uses more than 100 local craftsmen who create numerous koa items including furniture, bowls and boxes, sculptures, framed feather lei and Hawaiian weapons, outrigger canoes, and it most popular item — koa watches. Owner Michael Tam carries on the company’s proud tradition, using only dead and fallen trees from private ranches in South Kona. The company has created

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