Rebuilding Koa Forests With the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
HPM Building Supply is excited to partner with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to offer local, sustainably sourced koa wood in our Hilo store on Hawaii Island. HLRI is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on reforestation of Hawaiian legacy hardwoods, and HPM is proud to be a retail partner for HLRI’s sustainably harvested koa wood with a program that gives back to our native ecosystems.
With its unbeatable strength and exquisite beauty, koa wood is the material of choice for woodworking, custom furniture and decor, and handcrafted art.
For each purchase of 10 board feet or more of koa wood purchased, HPM and HLRI will plant a native tree in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest.
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative has planted 500,000+ endemic trees, restoring nearly 1,200 acres of native habitats across Hawaii. Your support allows them to expand these efforts.
A Distinctive Wood That Makes a Difference
All of the koa wood we carry comes from HLRI, either from a tree that ran the natural course of its life or from trees that are intentionally grown for responsible, periodic harvesting as part of the process to create healthy koa forests.
Gold Standard Certification
Our partner HLRI was the first organization in Hawaii to be certified by the Gold Standard organization, a nonprofit established by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other international Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to ensure projects that reduce carbon emissions feature the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contribute to sustainable development.
A Mission-Driven Partnership
The partnership between HPM and HLRI is a first-of-a-kind where HLRI's sustainably harvested koa wood is available for retail purchase. For every 10 board feet of koa sold, HPM will plant a new native tree in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest.
We are proud to join the dozens of organizations who are helping and supporting the planting of native hardwood trees right here in the islands. To date, HLRI and partners have planted 500,000+ trees covering more than 1,200 acres of land.
A Treasure from Nature
Koa’s range of colors and grains, spectacular luster, and incredible strength make it one of the most valuable woods in the world. With hues ranging from light golden blonde and auburn red to deep chocolate brown, koa wood can be found with a straight, figured, or curly grain.
Native to Hawaii, koa thrives in the higher elevations of Hawaii Island and is a keystone species in the ecosystem.
“Koa” means “valiant” in Hawaiian, and Native Hawaiians used koa wood to craft their weapons and canoes. Today, koa is used in many woodworking and artisan items including furniture, bowls, picture frames, cabinets, and jewelry.
Restoring Native Forests
In the 1800s, koa forests began to diminish. More than half of the native forests here in Hawaii have been lost through the impacts of human activities including ranching, agriculture, and the introduction of invasive species.
Since their founding, HLRI has been dedicated to reversing that damage. Reforestation involves so much more than simply planting trees. Regrowing native Hawaiian trees and plant species rebuilds Hawaii’s natural habitats, where threatened endemic Hawaiian species can thrive once again.
Today, thanks to a collective community effort, the damage is being reversed, and more koa trees are growing in Hawaii than just a few decades ago.
To find the perfect koa wood for your next project,
visit HPM Building Supply in Hilo.
Hilo Retail Store
380 Kanoelehua Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 [Directions]
Store Phone: (808) 935-0875
Store Fax: (808) 934-4355
MON-FRI: 6:00am – 6:00pm
SAT: 7:00am – 4:00pm
SUN: 8:00am – 4:00pm