Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

Dear Friends-
Kind greetings!
I have been in a correspondence with Jeff Lee whose family is involved in the regeneration of Sandalwood(Santalum paniculatum) trees on their 2600 acres of land in Hawaii. The story is a very inspirational one.
Suzanne and I feel fortunate to be in contact with them and we are also happy to say that we will be offering the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil that they offer within the next two weeks. It is a truly lovely material that should please the hearts of all those who love the scent of the heartwood of this Sacred Tree.
The past history of Sandalwood in Hawaii is a tragic one as the trees were almost made extinct by poor management and trade policies but now that situation is being rectified by the vision of the Lee family and those working with them. The tragic history is being turned into a happy one.

This blog is dedicated to sharing their work and also to give some links to various sites containing information about Sandalwood in Hawaii from ancient times to the present.

First here is Jeff's brief note to me regarding their work.

We are Hawaiian through our father. Grandpa was half Hawaiian (his mother) and half Chinese (his father) a Chinese businessman. Our family name is tied to the greater area via the Kingdom's Royal Patent assignment. We bought the 2,800 acres three years ago to begin our forest recovery program . A pilot for reintroduction of native forest in areas that were claimed for grazing during the ranching era in Hawaii. Although wet forests have many great examples there is no other success story to be told of reforestation in dryland forests of more than a few acres.

The Santalun Paniculatum that grows in our area in the highest growing in the world and is hosted by native trees and shrubs. The trees are much older than the planation trees of new world oils (30-60 years) and Album that is chased, often illegally, for value. Our effort is restore the entire forest without manipulation for economic gain. All trees removed are in decline and the value is directly applied to the forestry effort. As you will read in our mission statement we are educationally based and guided by Hawaiian cultural values which are similar in many indigenous cultures. It simply boils down to making decisions for the future generations ... both the land and people. The quick fix and short term gain mentality of today's world leaves the future unguided. There is a complicated and lasting smell in Paniculatum that holds history and values and the regeneration of the young trees in the Haloa forest number in the hundreds of thousands where like property all over the island lacks any sign of young trees to represent future generations.

The purchase of any product supports the forest and the values we believe will serve all.
Fulfillment comes in giving, in making a difference by example.

Void of written communication Hawaiians passed lineage through chants of song and dance. Legends were told to teach and pass lessons. Attaching the legend of Haloa, our namesake and couple of pics I took this Saturday of young sandalwood regrowth.  

More information about the Lee Family and other folks working with them on the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood project

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

Photo Gallery of Sandalwood Replanting Project

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Video 

Distillation of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

The Legend of Haloa

 Other useful links-

Santalum paniculatum Images

The Hawaiian Species of the Genus of Santalum

Santalum paniculatu m/Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

The Kingship and the Sandalwood Trade

History of the Sandalwood Tree in the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Ethnobotany Database on Sandalwood

Santalum paniculatum Monograph
In the Shadow of the Sandalwood Tree-The Plight of the Wiliwili

The Sandalwoods of Hawaii: A Revision of the Hawaiian Species of the Genus ...By Joseph Francis Charles Rock

Hawaiian Sandalwood Project