Hawaiian Koa | Janka Hardness: 1100lbf
Native to Hawaii, Koa (Acacia koa) is a wood born for the Makai Project wood shop: The ancient Hawaiians used this wood for their wa'a (dugout outrigger canoes), paipo (bodyboards) and alaia surfboards. A flowering tree that's part of the pea family, koa has a golden to reddish brown heartwood with swirling and contrasting bands of color near growth rings. Often, a single piece will have streaks of color cutting through, giving it a fluid, wave like appearance. The grain interlocked and is often wavy, while the texture is medium to coarse, though finishes beautifully, especially when topped with our glossy polyurethane.