Today the enchanted wood of the Koa tree is still highly valued because of its wonderful colors and spectacular grain. It is used to build very expensive furniture, picture frames and many crafts as well as musical instruments.
Gaining as much as an inch in diameter per year, Koa is the one of the fastest growing trees in Hawaii. Unfortunately, because of logging, clearing highland forests for cattle farming and lack of reforestation, Koa has been depleted and is considered endangered.
The life of many birds and insects as well as a large variety of plants depends on the magnificent Koa tree.
Koa’s Tutu (grandmother) crafted a special amulet using one of Pueo’s feathers and a green crystal to inspire spiritual strength, unity and love.
Koa is about 3.5” tall, fitting in the palm of your hand. The body is made out of stretch cotton and wired for flexibility. The eyes and mouth are intricately embroidered onto the face. Koa has tiny little hands and feet, ears, buttocks, and a belly button.