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. 

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type Hawaii
Botanical Name Acacia Koa
Specific Gravity .60
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.7 lbs
Color Range Tan with red, black, and gold-colored streaks
Rarity / Availability Common, but limited harvesting makes it difficult to source
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length 4 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 20%
Wood Uses Musical Instruments, Boxes, and Smaller Projects
Lumber Grades FAS
Other Trade Names Acacia Koa, Hawaiian Koa

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