At the age of 26, Tor Chantara lives his life simultaneously in two worlds, practicing the fine woodworking art of marquetry that has its roots in the 16th Century, while learning techniques and ordering supplies via the Internet.
Martin & MacArthur is the leader in made in Hawaii, fine Koa furniture. For over 50 years, we have been making fine Koa furniture in Hawaii, longer than any other company in the history of the islands. We buy more Koa wood for our endeavors than any other company. We only harvest dead and fallen Koa trees. We never buy Koa wood harvested from live trees. In fact, we have partner with Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods to plant new Koa trees in the Hamakua District of Hawaii Island, where King Kamehameha, the Great, once owned a Koa forest.
We are proud to be the only vertically-integrated company that creates Koa furniture and home accessories and sells them in our 11 retail stores throughout the islands. We have over 30 craftsmen in our Furniture Workshop in Honolulu. We are the only company in Hawaii with two huge kilns to dry our Koa wood, shipped over from the Big Island.
We are honored to be recognized as the “fine furniture maker of ‘Iolani Palace.” Our craftsmen have re-built the Koa staircase in the Palace. Furthermore, we have donated our time and resources to re-build furniture on display in ‘Iolani Palace that was lost after the overthrow.We have made the beautiful common area furniture for the finest hotels and resorts in Hawaii including the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the Moana Surfrider, the Halekulani, the Ritz-Carlton, the Four Seasons, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, the Grand Hyatt Kauai, the St. Regis-Princeville Resort, and the Marriott Ihilani.