Growing Koa: A Hawaiian Legacy Tree
|"This long anticipated and much needed reference book on native Hawaiian Koa is packed with valuable information, backed by solid research and long term field projects. It is a must for anyone who is interested in Hawaiian plants, as well as for those of us who are eager to grow and restore our beloved koa.
With the help of this book, we may all reach our goal of sustainable healthy koa forests. It is easy and enjoyable to read, and to find the information that you seek. Hawaiian names and explanations are a great feature. There are fascinating personal accounts, sharing experiences on cherishing and growing koa by experts including a forester, a botanist, a woodworker, a farmer, a naturalist and a navigator. Excellent photos reinforce the messages shared in the text.
This book is fabulous. Let’s Grow Koa!"
Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, Director of Honolulu Botanical Gardens and author of Growing Native Hawaiian Plants
Learning more about the wonderful koa tree is the kuleana (privilege and responsibility) of everyone who loves Hawai‘i.
|Growing Koa: A Hawaiian Legacy Tree is published by Permanent Agriculture Resources with support from Muriel and Kent Lighter.|
|For other inquiries or to purchase the book directly:
Permanent Agriculture Resources
P.O. Box 428
Holualoa, HI 96725 USA
Tel: 808-324-4427; Fax: 808-324-4129
Growing Koa is a beautiful book, well written and organized. The illustrations show koa's remarkable diversity, both in the shape of the trees and leaves and also of the wood quality. The "state of the art" for growing koa is well presented, and the many areas where there are still unknown factors are also discussed.
It is a magnificent manual and will serve me well. Kudos on the excellent photography and the user friendly layout. I am most impressed with the quality of your seedling production and look forward to improving my own techniques through the guidance you have provided me. Your new publication has also provided me with new initiative in providing meaningful information and technology to the efforts focused on the conservation of Koa.
The book is excellent. You have packed it with lots of useful information about the biology, growth, and care of koa trees. The many photographs illustrate and highlight the text very well and help to bring the information to life. The "Perspectives" chapter adds an important aspect to the information for it reflects the intricate and long-term relationship of people to koa trees and koa forest. The "Resources" section is also excellent, especially with the annotations. I am sure this section and your book as a whole will serve as a valuable guide for people interested in learning about and growing koa for years to come.
I love this book. It is an enjoyable read, encouraging and simplifying koa cultivation. It made me feel less intimidated by this majestic tree. I enjoyed reading about people who are growing and cultivating our native giant. With Growing Koa as a guide, I feel inspired and empowered to plant koa and to recommend it in plantings for my clients and my students.
About the Koa Tree 7
Nursery Practices 29
Planting Seedlings 52
Craig Elevitch has worked in agroforestry design, management, and education since 1991. His projects focus on multipurpose trees that have economic, environmental, and cultural significance. He also directs Agroforestry Net, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people in agroforestry and ecological resource management. The organization's internationally recognized publications have guided thousands of readers in developing agroforestry systems, ecological restoration, and reforestation on farms, ranches, homegardens, and conservation areas. Publications include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), Pathways to Abundant Gardens: A Pictorial Guide to Successful Organic Growing (2007), and Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011).