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Koa Constrictors: Studying Things That Slow the Growth of Koa Crop Trees

This article is from Issue Hawaii Pacific Islands - Vol. 16 No. 1.

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Koa is one of the most valued of tropical woods. A particular type of koa tree, called Acacia koa, is found in the Hawaiian Islands. The wood from this tree is used to create furniture, cabinets, carved bowls, canoes, surfboards, body boards, ukuleles, and guitars. Unfortunately, the future demand for koa wood will not be met unless better ways are found to grow koa crop trees today.

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