Koa Hawaiian: Exotic Wood

Koa is an exotic wood sourced from the islands of Hawaii. This species has a lot of color variation and is often sought after for its high figure. Most Koa boards have a light tan to brown background with colored streaks of red, gold, black, and yellow.

To protect the species from extinction, Hawaiian Koa logging is limited to certain areas of the islands and to trees downed by disease and wind. Hawaii Koa is very expensive and most often used for smaller projects and musical instruments. 

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeHawaii
Botanical NameAcacia Koa
Specific Gravity.60
Avg. Weight Per BF3.7 lbs
Color RangeTan with red, black, and gold-colored streaks
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon, but limited harvesting makes it difficult to source
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length4 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesMusical Instruments, Boxes, and Smaller Projects
Lumber GradesFAS
Other Trade Names Acacia Koa, Hawaiian Koa

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