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Maua (Hawaiian willow)


(Xylosma hawaiiense)

This endemic native dryland forest tree is tall and straight, perfect for spears.

'Ulei (Hawaiian rose)

photo by Forest & Kim Starr

(Osteomeles anthyllidifolia) 

An indigenous native tree or shrub, it is metamorphic in shape and size as are many native species.  At low elevations and areas of low rainfall it takes the form of a shrub and at higher elevations it can be a large tree.  The beautiful red and blond wood is extremely hard and was used for weapons and carrying poles.

Olopua (Hawaiian olive)

photo by Forest & Kim Starr

(Osmanthus sandwicensis; also Nestegis s.)
This is an endemic dryland forest tree.

'Iliahi (Hawaiian sandalwood)


(Santalum paniculatum)
This is a common endemic native tree.  Though it was decimated during the early 19th century sandalwood trade with China, it is not endangered or rare in the Kona district.  Valued by the Hawaiians for its beauty and fragrance it was used as a craft wood for pillows and containers and as an additive to Kapa (native Hawaiian cloth) for its scent.  As recently as the 1980’s there was large scale harvesting of ancient sandalwood groves in the Hokukano area of the Big Island.  That was a very bad thing!  My limited and physically arduous methods for gathering this wood are an example of my trying to use a sustainable harvesting technique for a geographically limited but not particularly rare wood resource.

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P.O. Box 558
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

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