Leaving a Legacy

Isn’t that what we all want to do? To leave a legacy that will demonstrate that we were here or to acknowledge someone, someplace or something that is special to us.

While taking a break from selling jewelry at the Paradisus booth at the Arts and Crafts Fair 2014, I wandered outside to the patio for some fresh air. I stopped at a table set up with potted plants which turned out to belong to the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

The young lady sitting there quickly explained that I could buy a koa tree, they would plant it and send me the coordinates so I could watch it grow via Google. I immediately purchased one for my “soon to be born” grandson and one for Paradisus. The gift of a koa tree was perfect!

plantFrom the time of the early Hawaiians, koa (Acacia koa) has been prized for its exceptionally fine wood and is currently considered the most valuable of the common native timber species in Hawaii. Koa frequently has curly grain and striking coloration and has excellent working properties. It grows in nearly pure stands or in admixtures with ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha). Other tree species are sparse in these forests. A large evergreen hardwood tree endemic to the State, koa belongs to the thornless, phyllodinous group of the Acacia subgenus Heterophyllum.

Koa is an important component of montane Hawaiian rain forests. It is a nitrogen-fixing species. In dense, pole-size stands, nitrogen-rich koa foliage can account for 50 to 75 percent of the leaf-litter biomass produced annually. On the floor of cool mesic forests, koa phyllodes decompose rapidly; mean residence time has been estimated at 0.6 year. The abundance and distribution of the ʻakiapōkāʻau, ʻākepa, and Hawaiian creeper, three of the endangered forest birds on the islands of Hawaii, are strongly associated with koa in forest communities. Mature koa is needed for bird habitat: endangered birds do not use young, pure stands of koa, but do use the old, mixed-species stands adjacent to young stands.

While at the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair, visit the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative or go to <info@legacytrees.org>

Kani ka pila – “Let’s make music”

If you’d like to hear some awesome ukulele music, attend the Ukulele Festival of Northern California. This year the event celebrates it’s 17th Annual. It will be held on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at the Chabot College / Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, California from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Program begins at 10:45 am. Doors open at 10:15 am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8.00 (by March 15th – better hurry) and $10.00 at the door there after. Children under 4 years are admitted at no charge.

This year will be the first year that Paradisus will be exhibiting and selling at the Craft Fair. We are excited about opening our market to Northern California and making new friends.

Join us if you’re in the area…..or if you would like to spend the afternoon, listening to this distinctive Hawaiian instrument.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays


To all our great Retailers, loyal supporters, friends and family, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We hope you and yours have a safe and happy Holiday Season,

filled with lots of love and laughter.

Thank you for your constant encouragement throughout this most unusual year.

We are looking forward to 2010 and continue to be inspired by people, places and things that surround us.



Linda and Akemi Ueda