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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Martin & MacArthur is delighted to introduce new Limited Edition wood watches with deep blue faces, inspired by the
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!
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.
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.