Through a fortuitous sequence of coincidences, we are going to spend two
weeks in Hawaii in early January. First vacation in decades, we feel lucky
and are very grateful.
So. I'd like to pick up as much Koa as I can haul back in an empty suitcase
or reasonable facsimile. Or two. We are going to spend the whole time on
the Big Island. Not coming in through Honolulu. Most of our time is planned
but there'll be enough time to get bored now and then. Below is a list I've
found for lumber suppliers on the island.
We'll be spending at least some time in Hilo, perhaps quite a bit of time
and there are several suppliers there, so that's good. What I haven't been
able to determine conclusively is:
Any problems with bringing Koa back home at all? I know it gets shipped and
I know my size/weight limits at the airline, but my resarch about bringing
the wood back seems to be contradictory. Some of what I find says it's not
a problem at all, other sources say there could be problems - worries about
mold, bugs, disease, etc.
And if anyone knows anything about these places below, can you recommend
one that might have good wood, good prices and be willing to cut the pieces
so they'd fit in the suitcase or reasonable etc?
Based on what I can find for prices, it looks like Koa select will be in
the $13 - $15 range per bf and curly will be well over $30/bf. Select will
be just fine, thanks. I might even go with just the plain for some of it.
Do those prices sound current? Can't seem to find dates on those prices
I know I can find out the answers to these questions with some phone calls
after we get there, and I've sent a few emails to some of the companies
below. I wasn't going to post this, but then I thought maybe I (and perhaps
someone else, sometime) could learn a little more from this group than what
I'd get asking around once I get there. If not, then I wasted a little
Argus Building Supply 107 Makaala St Hilo, HI (808) 933-9441
Don's Firewood PO Box 483 Volcano, HI (808) 967-7167
Hawaiian Hardwoods & Furniture 200 Kanoelehua Ave # 204 Hilo, HI (808) 935-
Honsador Lumber Corp 100 Kukila St Hilo, HI (808) 961-6000
Hpm Building Supply 380 Kanoelehua Ave Hilo, HI (808) 935-0875
Island Cedar Source 13-3541 Alapai St Pahoa, HI (808) 965-6318
Multi-Facetted Homes 15-2034 17th Makuu Keaau, HI (808) 982-6647
Pierson Building Supplies 16-207 Wiliama Pl Keaau, HI (808) 966-7458
True Value Hardware 199 Makaala St Hilo, HI (808) 935-9711
Winkler Wood Products Inc 187 Silva St Hilo, HI (808) 961-6411
Woodcutter Tree Service 41 Pamala Pl Hilo, HI (808) 959-3367