KoaWood Ranch combines milling, woodworking and forest conservation all in one

A curly koa heirloom bowl handcrafted by Craig Villarrubia is one of the koa wood products from sale at the KoaWood Ranch flagship retail store in Honokaa.

Craig Villarrubia (left) and Mike Amado.

Wearable items carved from koa wood. (Courtesy photos/Craig Villarrubia)

Koa seedlings ready for planting on KoaWood Ranch.

Mike Amado, co-owner of the KoaWood Ranch cuts up an invasive guava tree on his property. (Courtesy photos/Craig Villarrubia)

PAUILLO — Craig Villarrubia and Mike Amado are relative newcomers to Hawaii Island but they’re pioneers in what they’ve been doing since their arrival.