Woodworker Tai Lake doesn’t take his medium for granted. For nearly 20 years he’s managed the restoration of this 100-acre native forest in Kona, on once heavily damaged pasture land. “We have four different stages of growth now,” says Lake, who credits friend and ranch owner Kelly Greenwell in the project.
Local craftsmen, including Lake, use the area’s dead or dying koa trees to create such things as ukulele, sculptures and furniture. “We estimate that this land has kicked about $26 million of product into our local economy,” he says.
Investigate Lake’s work and more than 100 creations made by Island artists at the 16th annual Hawaii Forest Industry Association Woodworking Show. Free. Nov. 21 to 23, 2008, Hawaii Convention Center, www.hawaiiforest.org.