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25 Mar
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The popularity of koa wood has never been greater. This beautiful wood is endemic to Hawaii and known for its deep rich colors and varied grain pattern. Koa has a rich heritage in Hawaii, and is still most highly revered, and a sacred wood.

17 Mar
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For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that Koa wood is highly revered as the wood of the monarchs and the ali’i. Koa wood grows only in Hawaii. It was the wood used by the warriors of King Kamehameha, the Great, to create canoes and weapons. In later years, Hawaiian used Koa for many daily functions, carving long tree trunks in Koa surfboards and even creating bowls, called umeke, for serving food. Of course, some of the finest stringed instruments like guitars and ukulele are made by master craftsmen with Koa wood.

27 Feb
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It used to be that a plastic pair of Ray Ban sunglasses was all you needed to look cool on your drive to the mall. Then, the Frappuccino crowd caught on to Oakley’s with their wrap-around frames. It wasn’t long before the guys at the water cooler were sporting Maui Jims with neck cords – even when they were inside!

13 Feb
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Choosing the best wood watch can be very challenging. There are lots of companies touting wood watches these days. But truth be told, not all wood watches are worth the lumber used to make them. Here are some helpful tips to choosing the best wood watch.

11 Dec
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For the style-conscious, having a wood watch is no longer good enough. There are lots of cheap looking wood watches that look like Playskool toy watches we buy for our kids.

02 Dec
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Let’s face it, men love wood. This year, forget the stuff he never wears or the cheap-smelling, musk colognes. Give the man in your life something innovative, made from wood.

01 Dec
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There are a lot of wood watches for sale these days. But, let the buyer beware. Not all wood watches are made with the same quality.

19 Nov
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Dad always loves things made of wood. But how many wooden decoy ducks can a guy actually use? This Christmas, give the man in your life an innovative gift made from wood.

31 Oct
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Hand-crafted gifts made with wood are always appreciated more than stuff made in offshore factories using cheap plastic and steel. But, that does not mean you have to sacrifice great style and innovation.

15 Oct
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Forget the puka shells or the old fashioned wave pendants that your grandmother bought in Hawaii. Today, the hottest trend in Hawaiian jewelry in wood – KOA wood, to be exact. Koa grows only in Hawaii and has beautiful swirling grain patterns unseen in any other wood.

22 Sep
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Wood watches are all the rage. For the past three years, companies like Martin & MacArthur and Tense have led the way in creating great new styles of wood watches. These two companies are the leaders in innovative new designs in wood watches.

19 Sep
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Martin & MacArthur, the premier Koa furniture maker of Hawaii, recently introduced a new collection of fine Koa furniture, inspired by the grand dame of Hawaiian resorts, the Moana Surfrider.

16 Sep
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The biggest trend in wrist watches is the wood watch. There are several companies that now offer wood watches online and in retail stores. Many of them look cool, but buyer beware! There are lots of imitators that do not sell a reliable time piece worth the investment. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when buying a wooden watch.

26 Aug
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Innovative companies are now using wood to create eco-friendly personal accessories like iPhone cases, sunglasses and watches. These items are perfect for folks who want to show their commitment to the environment.

13 Aug
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The biggest development in precision timepieces comes from the middle of the Pacific Ocean in Honolulu Hawaii.  Local Hawaii company Martin & MacArthur is introducing the first-ever automatic watch made with individually carved Koa links

18 Jul
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What are the hot trends on campus this Fall?   The next generation is thinking “green” and more interested in items made from sustainable, renewable resources. They believe plastics and metal are for “old people” in their ‘30’s. 

20 Jun
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Just when you thought the wrist watch was dead, the latest must-have item for Generation Y is an eco-friendly Koa watch, made with wood grown only in Hawaii.

15 Jun
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At a time when many classic furniture companies across America have closed shop or sent all production to China, there is one company in Hawaii that is expanding and continues to make all of its fine furniture in Hawaii.  

10 Jun
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Most often, when you think about a Koa, you think of beautiful Koa jewelry boxes made with the wood that grows only in Hawaii.  True, Koa makes the finest jewelry boxes because this Hawaiian wood has a lustrous, wavy grain pattern that makes each box a sight to behold.

26 May
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It’s a guy thing.  Dads always love wood.  Moms love jewelry.  Kids love toys.  But, Dads love wood.  It’s a gene passed down from the stone ages when caveman dads used wood clubs to protect their families.

14 May
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Father’s Day is always tougher than Mother’s Day.  Mom always loves the same stuff – perfume, flowers, and a mushy card.  But Dad is a different story.  To my Dad, Old Spice is about all the perfume he can stand, and that’s only when he has to go to church on Sundays.  And as for the mushy card, I think my Dad would cry, wondering what’s gotten into his son!

29 Apr
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Remember how Mom proudly displayed your grade school paintings on the refrigerator?  Chances are you never became another Rembrandt.  But, your Mom still loves things that are individually hand-crafted, rather than bought in some big department store.  This year, give Mom a gift that is actually made in Hawaii by fine local craftsmen using Koa, the beautiful wood of King Kamehameha and other Hawaiian monarchs.

20 Apr
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Mother’s Day is May 12.  This year, give Mom the gift of Koa.  Koa is the beautiful hardwood that grows only in Hawaii.  Years ago, Koa was reserved for use by the Kings and Queens of Hawaii.  No one else could own it.  So, it’s only fitting that your Mom -- the queen of your heart -- deserves Koa on Mother’s Day.

13 Apr
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The hottest trend color in resorts for Spring-Summer 2013 is what insiders call “Pacific Blue.”  This is not the typical Navy Blue of conservative business attire.  Pacific Blue is a soft, engaging color that reflects the boundless ocean and blue sky horizons.   With the upturn in the U.S. stock market and economy, the world is ready for a simpler, softer palette that evokes optimism and hope.

04 Apr
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Martin & MacArthur is delighted to introduce new Limited Edition wood watches with deep blue faces, inspired by the Pacific Ocean. So much of the Hawaiian lifestyle revolves around the ocean. These new Limited Edition wood watches are a tribute to the bountiful sea surrounding the islands.

02 Apr
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The 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Hula competition begins this week in Hilo. Visitors from all over the world are converging in the Big Island for this celebration of the best in Hawaiian hula. This year, Kealii Reichel will be a judge.

29 Mar
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Hawaiians are known for their beautiful feather work seen in traditional leis, capes, and helmets as far back as John Webber engravings of the voyages of Captain James Cook, c.1780’s.

26 Mar
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Have you ever noticed how titanium rings lose their shine and luster almost as soon at you start wearing them? 

Don’t worry.  You are not alone.  Most people are disappointed that expensive rings tarnish and turn yellow so easily, especially if you wash your hands frequently.  And as your mom says, you’d better be washing your hands!

20 Mar
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It may seem counter-intuitive, but wood watches are soaring in popularity among the Gen X and Gen Y who have grown up looking at an iPhone or Android for the time.

19 Mar
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Koa is one of the most popular woods on the market today, commanding high prices for Koa furniture, home accessories, and jewelry.

Koa was originally reserved for use by the Hawaiian monarchy, but later was adopted by early Hawaiians as the wood of choice for everything from canoes to weapons to serving bowls.

18 Mar
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The Hawaiian umeke, or calabash bowl, is a symbol of welcome and aloha.
An umeke can be carved out of any wood, but the most highly-regarded is Koa wood, which grows only in Hawaii.
04 Mar
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For several years now, wood watches have been all the rage. It used to be that you might see an occasional wood watch in a craft fair and they looked a little suspect and clunky. Now that wood watches are more popular, like all trends, customers need to be smart to get the best quality wood watch. After all, besides looking cool, you want the watch to work – and last a good long time.
16 Feb
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The biggest trend in wedding bands is the popularity of titanium and tungsten rings, especially for men.

Old stand-by metals like white gold, silver and platinum, are giving way to new metals like titanium and tungsten bands. In all the wedding shows, you will see vendors talking about wedding bands made with these two – very different – metals.

12 Feb
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Families in Hawaii have a long tradition of owning solid Koa furniture. When made by fine craftsmen, Koa furniture lasts a lifetime. More importantly, the best Koa has a beautiful curly grain and the colorful, highly figured patterns that have been admired for centuries.
09 Feb
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The most highly prized and most enduring pieces of Hawaiian furniture have been made with Koa wood, indigenous to Hawaii. Koa was used by the warriors of King Kamehameha, the Great, for canoes and weapons to unite the Hawaiian Islands. It is the bountiful wood that was used for the first surfboards in Hawaii and it is the wood of the grand staircase in ‘Iolani Palace.

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  • Koa for Future Generations of Hawaii
    Koa for Future Generations of Hawaii The popularity of koa wood has never been greater. This beautiful wood is endemic to Hawaii and known for its deep rich colors and varied grain pattern. Koa has a rich heritage in Hawaii, and…

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  • Hawaii Koa Wood – From Weapons to Watches
    Hawaii Koa Wood – From Weapons to Watches For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that Koa wood is highly revered as the wood of the monarchs and the ali’i. Koa wood grows only in Hawaii. It was the wood used…

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