The Koa tree is truly the king of the Hawaiian woods and has lent itself to create everything that is wonderful about the Hawaiian Islands and its culture. From the ancient Hawaiian outrigger canoes, to the spawning of the first ancient surfboards and ukulele, Koa deserves its place at the heart of the Hawaiian culture. Because of its amazing beauty, it adorns the palace walls and is one of the most expensive woods on the planet. Koa literally means "warrior" in the Hawaiian language and has come to symbolize strength, fearlessness, bravery, bold action, and the warrior spirit….you can practically hear the ancient drums of the night marchers.
So here's our Pono Project: Since it is the "Warrior Ring" and we are commited to helping the wounded warrior veterans that have served our country and will donate atleast 20% of the profits of our online Koa Warrior Ring sales to the Semperfifund. As our charitable giving program gains traction, we will attempt to increase the percentage donation so we can help as many families as possible. The Semper Fi Fund helps wounded verterans in need from all branches of the armed forces and has an amazing reputation among the military personel. Check them out at www.semperfifund.org.
When designing our wood inlay rings, we wanted to create a ring that would stand the test of time. We chose tungsten for the foundation of our rings because it is the most durable and hardest material available. Tungsten is so hard, only a diamond is harder. This means that unlike titanium, silver, platinum, and gold, it won't scratch in time and will retain its shine. We coated our wood with a durable resin that encapsulates and protects the wood from the elements and the abuse that you will dish out. I wear my ring surfing and also when at work doing home renovations...a solid test of its durability... it has done amazingly well through the years.
Koa wood grain:
The curly Koa we select for our rings ranges in color from light and dark browns, to reds, golds and a compilation of them all. The curl of the wood creates an undulation of grain when in bright light and moved back and forth. Koa's characteristic of chartency or reflective nature is truly amazing and rarely found in wood. It is usually a characteristic reserved for jewels.
The Koa tree is found throughout the Hawaiian Islands but is mainly found on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu. The tree is a fast growing tree that will typically grow to be between 50 and 80 feet tall. The ancient Koa forests have been decimated due to livestock and development but is making a comeback in recent history due to its value, ease of growth and restoration initiatives.
Our current Koa wood was harvested off the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain and the most rural. Ranchers often have fallen Koa trees that are bought and milled into usable koa wood stock but only the finest pieces make it into our rings.
Hawaiian Curly Koa
We utilize only the finest 5A rated Curly Koa available. The curly figuring in the grain of the Koa tree is very rare and usually makes up a very small portion of the whole tree.
Our Koa comes from private ranches on the Big Island of Hawaii where these beautiful trees are responsibly harvested.
Big Island of Hawaii
Geographically isolated, the Hawaiian Islands produce the only Koa trees in the world. The Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the most rural.
An amazing Koa wood ring
Posted by Aaron on 15th Aug 2013
This ring is so beautiful. The wood is stunning, the pictures don't do it justice! It feels great on my finger too. I love the weight of the tungsten. I would definitely order again if I lost it!
Lovely reminder of lovely vacations
Posted by Lisa E on 10th Aug 2013
The koa warrior ring was purchased as a birthday gift. It arrived exactly as described, exactly when expected, and the hand written thank you on the invoice included an additional contact number. A beautiful ring delivered with class is being worn proudly while remembering our times in the islands.
Affordable Koa wood ring
Posted by Thomas on 6th Aug 2013
What a great price for a Koa wood ring! It is beautiful. It is very comfortable too. I am definitely happy with it. I would order a replacement in a heartbeat if I ever lost it!
Posted by Carrie & Jase on 22nd Jul 2013
I ordered this ring for my finance as his wedding ring. We fell in love with it online and purchased it without hesitation. When it arrived our mouths were on the floor --- it is SO beautiful! Of course - I ordered the wrong ring (he wants the rounded top) so I called Brett and we are swapping it out which goes to his incredible customer service!!!!! We can't wait to see the round top ring. We will be customers for life!
Great Value Koa Wood Ring
Posted by Ben on 22nd Jul 2013
I can't believe what a great price this is! This Koa Wood ring is really top quality. I would have expected to pay much more. It is a beautiful ring. I love it!
A Unique Koa Wood Ring
Posted by Unknown on 1st Jul 2013
When I got married earlier this year I knew I didn't want a traditional gold band. So I started to research all the alternatives. There are a lot of cool rings out there, more than I realized! But when I saw this ring I knew it was the right one! I'm so happy with it.
Koa warrior Ring
Posted by Laura on 8th Jun 2013
Dear Pono Woodworks:
Just a note to tell you how thrilled my son, Matthew, is with his ring.
The quality and uniqueness of your jewelry speaks for itself.
I was particularly impressed with your communication, service and fast shipping.
The Koa Warrior ring was a terrific 18th birthday gift.
I am so pleased to be ordering a second Koa warrior ring for my husband for Father's Day!
I Love This Koa Wood Ring
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jun 2013
I really love this Koa wood ring! This is such an awesome unique ring. I can't believe what a great deal it is. This site is so cool! They have lots of great Hawaiian gifts.
Affordable Koa Wood Ring
Posted by Unknown on 26th May 2013
I can't believe how affordable this Koa wood ring is! This is so much more beautiful than a typical ring you would get at a jewelry store , and it is much more affordable. I am so excited about this ring, I know my fiance is going to love it.
Free Shipping With Koa Wood Ring
Posted by Unknown on 24th Apr 2013
This is such a uniquely beautiful koa wood ring. My Fiance has been looking for something different for his wedding ring. I think we've found it! Plus you get fast and free shipping, what could be better!
Koa Wood Ring Warrior
Posted by Unknown on 24th Apr 2013
This koa wood ring truly is a warrior. The wood inlay is a beautiful mix of light and dark browns. This ring is unique and it will last a long time.
This Koa Wood Ring Is Mine!
Posted by Unknown on 14th Apr 2013
I've been contemplating buying a Koa wood ring ever since my trip to Hawaii last year. The Koa tree is such a part of Hawaiian history, plus it's wood is just beautiful. I finally decided to buy this ring and I couldn't be any more happy! It's like a work of art!!