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Koa from the Pacific Islands

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Koa Flute is keyed to F# - my dished finger holes - so comfortable this flute will become an extension of yourself! Approx 23" in length, a perfectly comfortable mouthpiece. Loud, Crystal Clear voice is so AWESOME you will surely be in Love the very moment your breath enters the flute's spirit! Tuned to absolute perfection using Virtual Strobe!!! Signed, dated, titled, and numbered.

Per the Indian arts and crafts board I must state the following: Friends, you are viewing an Authentic Swampfox Creation carrying the Swampfox trademark & I am the sole maker of these flutes and totems. They are Native Inspired thru my Grandmother's people of the Muskogee Creek Nation. From the time I was 7 years old I knew I would build the flutes. I am not currently a tribal member, and I thank the One God that I do not have to live where the Government has decided - the much dreaded reservation... I have seen these places in my lifetime and it is just a shame what has happened to the Native Americans. If it is important for you to purchase a flute from an enrolled tribal member, it is my prayer that you find this flute you are seeking. Remember, according to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, {an act in place to protect the consumer from purchasing items that are not 100% AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN MADE}, should even the slightest part of an instrument, or craft be created by a Non-Indian person, the instrument / craft CANNOT Legally be sold as "Native American made", including ANY art work in any shape, form, or fashion. For a first criminal offense, an individual is fined not more than $250,000 and/or jailed not more than 5 years; subsequent violations are not more than $1,000,000 and/or 15 years. Good night!!!!!! A person could make a lot of flutes in 5 years!!! :))

Koa wood is recognized as one of the finest textured woods in the world and is prized for its rich colors and beautiful patterns. Koa is part of the Acacia family of trees and is the most valued native tree. The Koa is endemic to Hawaii – exists naturally no where else in the world, they can be found on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kona, and Oahu. The best Koa can be found specifically on higher elevations of the Big Island and take 50 to 70 years to mature.

Koa is the Hawaiian word for “warrior” and “courage”. In ancient Hawaii, Koa wood was harvested exclusively for the Alii class (royalty) and others of high social status. Its trunk was used to build sea-faring canoes, sculpted images of god, and personal containers. The wood has maintained its popularity in the local culture and is highly prized for use in wood carvings, musical instruments, and furniture. Koa, a tonewood, is often used in the construction of the ukulele and the weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitar. Unfortunately, I only have enough of this wood for one more smaller flute.

Koa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tropical hardwoods. It is a moderately heavy wood; stable, and works well with oils, varnish or lacquer as it takes on an exceptionally rich, deeply reflective glow. Koa was known as the Hawaiian Mahogany and used extensively by the upper class and government buildings for furniture, staircases, and other woodworks. The state of Hawaii has issued restrictions on the harvesting of these trees as reforestation projects continue to be implemented. Although supply is limited, koa is even more desirable in Hawaii for upscale furniture, ukulele, and woodworks. This beautiful wood has also gained popularity in jewelry as the deep rich color and glow matches perfectly with pearls, silver, and many other materials.

Retail $2,300.00


This sacred flute was created from Koa which I personally brought home from the Pacific Island of Kona - given to me from the Native Full Blood Ka'ahanui.

Sadly a few years ago the Alaskan people harvested a bowhead whale weighing 50 tons. Embedded deep under it's blubber they found a four inch arrow shaped projectile! Researchers have concluded that the whale was over 130 years old and the projectile was shot at the whale in the year 1890!!! The Bowhead whale may be the oldest living mammal on earth! I am honoring this whale in this flute called "Mele."

Scientists previously thought that bowheads had a lifespan similar to other whales, but the old harpoon point suggests that the whales alive today were swimming in the cold waters of the circumpolar oceans more than 130 years ago!

Once during a flight over the Pacific at some 34,000 ft., our aircraft lost power of two of the three electrical systems, and the pilot had to change course landing in Denver. This mechanical problem was the sole reason I would meet one of the most recognized artists of the Islands - Brother Ka'ahanui, a Native Hawaiian who's work is in major museums in the USA happened to have his nose flute with him, and he says to this day that the flutes were our connection. He is known throughout the Pacific Islands for his creations and has carved ivory, wood of all sorts, and the bones and teeth he has found of whales! Later I spent a whole day with Ka'ahanui! In his shop we shared secrets & he insists I have been a blessing to him, yet it is I who was truly Blessed without a doubt!!! His Sacred gifts to me are priceless! What are the chances of meeting him on the way to these Islands among the millions of travelers? It is no doubt the work of the Creator my Friends!

Later he revealed secret places of the Island where the waters teamed with fish - places that only the Native peoples know of - speaking much of his Ancestors which still today the "Aloha Spirit" resides. Brother Ka'ahanui has given me lifelong memories of this unique paradise on earth and I will never forget him. I have journeyed into the true essence of Kona where he weaves a story of the old and new, and my eyes witnessed places a normal visitor would never see. At the end of the day when returning to his home, there appeared in the eastern direction a rainbow which stretched a great distance and we could see it in whole - each end on both sides of the road as we drove thru the middle. Brother Ka'ahanui said it was a sign of the Ancestors - that they have given their Blessing upon us - that we are True Brothers.

One day as my family and I wondered down the Mountain roads of Holualoa we arrived at several very old shops. The people there spoke of ghosts & hauntings - each telling a different tale of some unexplainable event. Some were told with such detail - so believable, that we experienced chills running up our spines!

It was there in a shop of Holualoa that I met the most wonderful Lady, Elizabeth. She was surely an Angel! I picked up one of her large drums and began to play. She immediately remarked, "If you have never played a drum before, you are a natural!" :))

Come to find out she has had a lifelong desire to play the Native American Flute!!! A few days later, I called Elizabeth and she drove down for a visit near the sea. At first she could not play a note on the flute, but with very little help, within 45 minutes, she was running the scale! She now says she is hooked on these instruments!

The waters around these Islands are as Crystal clear as this flute! :)) Snorkeling the coral reefs we saw many species of fish I have never seen before. The sea turtles came in great numbers!

In a place called Ka Lae the cliffs drop away to the sea and there can be found the pictographs of the Ancestors carved into the rocks . This is said to be the landing point of the first Polynesians and I was told there is evidence of human activity here from as early as 200 A.D.

At the Ka Lae cliffs the water is so clear one might be tempted to jump in for a swim, but never do this. A very swift current runs along the shore and will carry you straight out to sea. This is what happened to Chief Halaea who was carried away to his death. These currents are treacherous, and the next stop is Antartica!

Expect and declare the Creator's favor over your life. As he lives in your heart, You become something special. People will go out of their way to help you and become your friend. Soon you will witness the Mighty Power before your very eyes! Because of faith, you have the favor of God himself! He will guide you thru life causing you to be at the right place, at the right time. You will be blessed, and blessed in abundance! If you do your part, the Creator will do his and you will have everything you need!

We Love You Guys!!!!!!!!!!!

Forever your Brother, Swampfox


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