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.