Malama Aina

Mālama ʻĀina is a traditional Hawaiian value and concept. Essentially, the concept is if you care for the land (physically and spiritually), the land will in turn care for you.  At a deeper level, Mālama ʻĀina is to understand the symbiotic relationship between kānaka (man) and ʻāina (land), and to understand that ʻāina has mana, spirit, and intrinsic value beyond its economic value.  That some ʻāina needs special attention and protection because of its sacred nature.  That kānaka and ʻāina are inseparably connected and interdependent, one upon the other.

Black Koa Surfboards strives to practice Mālama ʻĀina.  Every carved board is 100% natural, and does not contain any chemicals or man-made substances.  When the board is finished, it is oiled with traditionally used kukuʻi nut oil.  As such, every Black Koa board is not only 100% natural, but also 100% biodegradable, with zero negative impact to the environment.

Note: Kukuʻi nut oil (candle nut tree) is recognized for its properties of health and wellness.  In Ancient times it was used to seal surfboards without leaving a sticky residue. Ancient Hawaiians also used the kukuʻi nut oil for lighting lamps, as such the kukuʻi is symbolic of light and knowledge.

Black Koa Surfboards are also sustainable.  Black Koa supports programs that help ensure the sustainability of native Hawaiian woods for canoes, surfboards, and other traditional items.  Programs focus on educating ʻōpio (youth) in the areas of ecology and sustainability and conduct outplantings for Koa, Ulu, and Wiliwili, on the Island of Hawaiʻi.

Prepare Now

Do Today

Have for Tomorrow
(Yesterdays keiki will be tomorrows kupuna)