Native to Hawaii, Koa is one of the finest-textured woods the world over. Koa was traditionally used to build canoes due to its natural strength and durability. The intricate, curling woodgrain of the Koa made it prized by Hawaiian royalty. All of these characteristics make Koa ideal for crafting ukulele.
The Koa Sound
Koa is renown for the warm and balanced tone it produces. This versatile wood offers power and projection, as well as a denseness and thickness that belies the evident note separation.
Kala Elite USA Koa Series
The KOA 1/2/3 Series are differentiated by the grade of Koa used to build them. The KOA 1 Series features the lightest woodgrain curling, while the KOA 2 Series displays a more rich and full curling. The KOA 3 Series exhibits the richest and fullest curling in the Collection. Both the KOA 1 and 2 Series feature fingerboards and bridges made of Indian Rosewood, and the KOA 3 Series feature fingerboards and bridges made of Ebony.