Significance of Koa Wood

Man sanding down koa wood in a forestAt this stop we will take a moment to discover the Symbolism of Hawaiian History within the Capitol Architecture. Take a moment to admire the stunning Koa wood throughout our lobby and ceremonial room. With its deep significance in Hawaiian history, Koa wood remains a valuable symbol of Hawaiian heritage. Originally used to craft ocean-going canoes, surfboards, spear handles, and ukuleles, Koa was the wood of Hawaiian royalty. However, the significance of Hawaiian culture doesn’t end there. The office’s tall doors, each with four panels, represent the eight Hawaiian Islands. This detail is not by mere chance; it is a deliberate nod to the culture and geography of Hawaiʻi.




Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and capitol architect John Warnecke pointing at miniature model of a building

Furthermore, the high ceilings and tall doors that command respect were the result of former First Lady Jackie O Kennedy’s advice to Capitol architect John Carl Warnecke. 






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