Kiawe wood is one of Maui’s densest wood and can be found on the dry side of the island at ocean level. It is a member of the Acacia family and was introduced to Hawaii when the islands were colonized.
Koa has always been highly prized for durability and beauty. In old Hawaii, Koa was one of the only trees large enough to make the big ocean sailing canoes.
Wood characteristics can vary greatly, as the above picture shows. Below is a brief look at each type, as Cain sees them, from a woodworker's point of view.
How to care for your Ethereal Wood art pieces.