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.