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Koa Wood Furnishings at Iolani Palace

Koa: The Forest Monarch

Medium-gold to reddish brown, rich in color and once reserved only for the highest of ranks—koa wood has been both a luxury and necessity for the Hawaiian Islands since the beginning. Koa is also the Hawaiian word for “warrior” because of its strength and necessity to the Hawaiians’ survival.

Koa (Acacia koa) is recognized as one of the finest textured woods in the world. This Hawaii native is truly a monarch of the forest, growing to heights of 100 feet. Used by expert craftsmen from ancient Hawaii through today, it is a precious wood of great significance to island culture. Luckily for you, while you can treat yourself like royalty, you don’t have to be a crowned king or queen to own or gift a piece of expertly carved koa. Read More
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Green Mango Shoyu

Small-Kid Time Green Mango Shoyu

4 large green mangoes (preferably the Hayden variety)
1 cup shoyu (we like the Aloha brand)
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh-ground black pepper

Peel and slice the mango into bite-size strips, then marinate overnight in shoyu, vinegar and black pepper.

When Uncle Botsy was growing up in Kailua in the 1950s, only the rich kids had kitchens stocked with cookies, soda pop and ice cream. Not us. If we wanted treats, we had to scrounge around the neighborhood for coconuts, lychee, strawberry guava and mangoes. Green mango with shoyu was our favorite, and it had to have a splash of vinegar and some black pepper to give it some zing. The slices should be ultra thin to soak up the shoyu. The longer it soaks, the better it tastes. If the mango is already starting to ripen, it will be ... Read More
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