Koa wood has an honored heritage in Hawaii. The word Koa means 'warrior' in the Hawaiian language. The wood was originally used to make canoes and weapons for the warriors of King Kamehameha. It is still deeply important to the Hawaiian culture, and it is prohibited for anyone to cut down a living Koa tree.
However, the trees sometimes die naturally, as they have a 50-80 year life cycle. These cross sections of Koa are from a neighbors tree that was cut down after the tree had died. We live at sea level - which makes the wood of this Koa very blonde (as you go up in elevation, the wood became darker and the grain more "curly"). I am truly honored to have this Koa in my collection of materials.
I think this back story is important because not only are these sweet magnets a reminder of beautiful Maui, they are also a testimony of her strength.
Each magnet is approximately 1.25 inches across and 0.25 inches thick. A strong magnet (11/16 inch) is secured to the back, allowing you to display a little love on your refrigerator or any other magnetic surface.
Ocean treasures (sea glass and shell) create artsy honu (turtles) or "i heart" messages. A perfect little dose of the ocean for any lover.