advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Collecting Tiki Hawaiiana - Koa Furniture
Hawaiiana - Koa Furniture

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 0
Posted: 2003-11-16 8:54 pm   Permalink

This week I thought I'd provide pictures of the living room furniture we purchased from Jim O'Neil, owner of The Hawaiian Antique Center on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu.

These pieces are Koa and produced in Hawai'i in the 1950's. Koa, as I'm sure you know, cannot be harvested anymore. The only koa that may currently be taken, must come from trees that die naturally.

But first, some koa furniture making history: Furniture making in Hawai'i begins almost as early as the arrival of the first Western residents. Some who came to Hawai'i virtually taught themselves to be skilled woodworkers, but as time passed professional craftspeople from America, Europe, and Asia established themselves in the Islands.

Koa trees grow in dense rain forests and develop straight trunks often reaching a height of forty feet. Growing in the mild climate of the Islands, koa trees have no discernable annual growth rings, but are thought to have a maximum life span of around 400 years.

The designer who worked for the Honolulu branch of the San Francisco-based Gump's and Company created koa furniture and furnishings with relief carvings of flower and leaf patterns.

Notice the relief carving on the front panels.

Side table and lamp with carved red ginger flowers.

Coffee table (with BOT).

Coffee table end.

Chair foundation.

This is the dining table that we got from Rell Sun's daughter Jan. Jan and her husband Tony and their daughter live in nearby Mission Viejo. Jan's daughter refers to Madame Bong as Auntie in the true Hawaiian style.

Table 'legs'.

Fireplace close up with carved Monkey Pod firescreen. (We don't use the fireplace.)

Sideboard table.

[ This Message was edited by: Tiki_Bong on 2003-11-17 17:07 ]

Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7917
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2003-11-16 9:41 pm   Permalink

You suck!

(nice seeing you today, though)

View Profile of RevBambooBen Send a personal message to RevBambooBen  Email RevBambooBen Goto the website of RevBambooBen     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
purple jade
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 19, 2003
Posts: 1450
From: New Orleans
Posted: 2003-11-16 10:04 pm   Permalink


On 2003-11-16 21:41, RevBambooBen wrote:
You suck!

HEY! I was gonna say that!

View Profile of purple jade Send a personal message to purple jade  Email purple jade Goto the website of purple jade     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2003-11-17 07:50 am   Permalink

Kill your sideboard!

Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

View Profile of freddiefreelance Send a personal message to freddiefreelance      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 892
From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2003-11-17 2:54 pm   Permalink


You've made some cruel posts before, but this takes the cake!!!

Just, kidding, Bro. I've been haunted by Koa ever since I was lucky enough to see this furniture in person.

Mahalo for sharing once again. Beautiful stuff, man.



View Profile of stentiki Send a personal message to stentiki  Email stentiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 02, 2003
Posts: 1140
From: Orlando Florida
Posted: 2003-11-17 3:18 pm   Permalink

Cool stuff, it's a nice change up from your typical bamboo.

And you suck!
Original Art by
Scott "Flounder" Scheidly


 View Profile of FLOUNDERart Send a personal message to FLOUNDERart  Email FLOUNDERart Goto the website of FLOUNDERart     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2018 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation