Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
Hawaiian Sandalwood holds a storied place in ancient Hawaii’s economy. Our Kings and Queens dating back to 1797 traded sandalwood worldwide.
The variety used by Háloa Áina Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Santalum paniculatum, is endemic to Hawaii Island (the Big Island) and found in a montane (4,000 to 7,000ft) dry environment Mamane and Naio forest with scattered Koa and an understory of various native shrubs including Pukiawe, Lauala, and Aali’i. Our Big Island climate is ideal and these sandalwood trees can reach over 50 feet high with a canopy diameter of over 30 feet, aver- age trees are 33 feet high and have canopies measuring around 23 feet.
Tests have shown the quality of Háloa Áina Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil far exceeds other varieties currently on the world market.
At Háloa Áina Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood we understand the importance of the sandalwood industry to our island’s history and have taken steps to ensure our forest management respects this ancient Hawaiian tradecraft. Our ultimate goal is to manage and perpetuate the Big Island’s santalum forests as they once were under the management of our kings and queens. In October of 2009 we established the Háloa Áina Native Hawaiian Reforestation Project in an effort to perpetuate our island’s native forests and to date have since re-established over 250,000 trees, the majority being S. paniculatum
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (S. paniculatum) is a unique species found nowhere else in the world.