Ancient Hawaiians called their stone art k’i’i pohaku, or images in stone.
The sandal tree is medium sized ~ 12-15 meters tall. The tree reaches its full maturity in 60 to 80 years, which is when the center of the slender trunk (the heart wood) has achieved its greatest oil content. As the tree grows, the essential oil develops in the roots and heartwood, which requires atleast 15 to 20 years.
Like many islands of Polynesia, the Hawaiian Islands were blessed with an abundance of sandalwood. The Hawaiian word for sandalwood is “iliahi.” Known for its aromatic, aphrodisacal and herbal and medicinal properties, sandalwood was also called “sweet wood” in Hawaii. It became a commodity which was traded until there was no more.
Knowing its connection to Hawaii and its wonderful sweet smell, we decided to make our men’s product scented with sandalwood. We call it Pohaku, for stone ~ meaning it’s strong like men are.