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Ahnko Honu
09-29-2010, 09:57 AM
http://www.kitv.com/news/25202595/detail.html

molokinirum
09-29-2010, 10:03 AM
Mahalo for posting the video Ahnko! What a thrill to own one of those ukuleles made from that tree. That is what you shoud do with that Koa wood you have!!! This is a sign!!!

Aloha

spruce
09-29-2010, 10:07 AM
I saw that tree when I was over there at Bart's....

Maybe the video does, but the article doesn't mention that the tree is Cuban mahogany, which makes it a lot rarer...

And, it had some nice fiddleback running through it...

Apparently there's a lot of Cuban Mahogany growing around the streets of Honolulu, planted all those years ago...

Tudorp
09-29-2010, 10:10 AM
That is too cool.. If you hadn't watched the video on the link yet, do so.. I would really love to have one of the Ukes made from that tree..

mm stan
09-29-2010, 10:10 AM
Mahalo Ahnko Honu,
Auwe, missed that one....on the news last night!!!
MM Stan...

spruce
09-29-2010, 10:16 AM
Just watched the video....
Yep, one little mention that it's Cuban...

I think this is the tree...
Lots 'o ukes in there... ;)

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee22/e_stamp/P1060865.jpg

Lori
09-29-2010, 10:45 AM
Great story, thanks for the link!
–Lori

Ahnko Honu
09-29-2010, 11:00 AM
Did you guys get a chance to click the link for second video? Looks like they cloned the tree and grafted onto young saplings to preserve this tree's genetics. These saplings are being plated in various areas of Honolulu. http://www.kitv.com/video/25204320/detail.html

TicToc
09-29-2010, 11:36 AM
That's really cool. Did anyone else notice the school name, though? Bishop Estate Kamehameha Schools. Kamehameha? Isn't that the catch phrase from that Dragonball show?

kenikas
09-29-2010, 01:50 PM
Cool story, I caught it this morning on KITV's website. Kamehameha is the name of the first king and royal family of Hawai'i.

TCK
09-29-2010, 05:18 PM
Great post- nice read...happy they cloned the tree.
Even better new avatar- oh how I love fishing...if only I had a waterproof Uke for my kayak

joeybug
09-29-2010, 10:57 PM
Cool Story! Glad it didn't go to waste and glad that they've cloned the tree so it doesn't die out!

lindydanny
09-30-2010, 03:27 AM
I always love hearing stories like this.

Supposedly, the last American Chestnut went down a few years ago. The original arborist didn't know what he had and a passing wood worker saw the tree coming down, stopped, and talked with the tree cutters. After explaining the monetary value with the land owner, they had a sawyer with a portable mill come out and harvest the remaining wood (they had cut about a third of it down already). The wood went for something like $30 a board foot (which is a huge sum of money for wood).

~DB

Ukulele Dave
09-30-2010, 03:46 AM
Not being on the island myself, if anyone can get information on how to obtain a slab of this tree's cuban mahogany please PM me, would love to get a set for top/back/sides as it would surely make an awesome custom from the luthier of choice some day. Much appreciation,

Dave

lozarkman
09-30-2010, 03:48 AM
Wow really cool wood. Wouldn't we all love to have a uke from that. I had the opportunity to teach at Bishop Estate Kamehameha Schools back in the late 60's, and it was between that school and one in Grand Junction CO and I chose Colorado, and wondered many many times if I made the right choice. If I had gone there, who knows what stage I would be on now playing my uke had I started the uke way back then :) :) Just Dreamin Lozark

spruce
09-30-2010, 05:23 AM
Not being on the island myself, if anyone can get information on how to obtain a slab of this tree's cuban mahogany please PM me...

PM sent....

Tudorp
09-30-2010, 07:56 AM
Bruce, if you know how, PM me too please...

Harold O.
09-30-2010, 06:53 PM
A good ukulele friend of mine, Mike McClellan, spent much of his youth in Hawaii. He treasures a ukulele made by David Gomes from a tree that David and Mike grew up walking past every day. When it finally gave up and fell down, Mike got a fine instrument and a great story.

Chris Tarman
09-30-2010, 07:00 PM
Wow really cool wood. Wouldn't we all love to have a uke from that. I had the opportunity to teach at Bishop Estate Kamehameha Schools back in the late 60's, and it was between that school and one in Grand Junction CO and I chose Colorado, and wondered many many times if I made the right choice. If I had gone there, who knows what stage I would be on now playing my uke had I started the uke way back then :) :) Just Dreamin Lozark

What school did you teach at in Grand Junction? I live near there, but didn't move here til '94. So I was just curious.

Neat story, and glad they got something nice out of the wood.