Beautiful notes came from a custom mahogany ukulele played by Master Sawyer Bart Potter.
The instrument was made from a rare old tree that was planted as long as 150 years ago at Moanalua Gardens.
?It's almost a mythical tree,? Potter said.
In January, part of the tree fell near an elementary school. The tree had to be cut down, but the rare old wood was harvested.
After it was milled, the rare wood was dried and cured. It takes nearly a year of drying for every inch of thickness.
Potter, who was milling the wood from the historic tree, said it was thrilling to see the patterns and grain the tree revealed.
?You know I've been doing it for 30 years. It's still a charge for me to lay open a log, and more of a charge to see something made out of it, a charge cubed to hear a guitar or instrument played out of it,? Potter said.
Master carpenter James Ferla was making fine furniture pieces from the tree.
And local ukulele makers used the fine mahogany to produce instruments like a beautiful I'Iwi ukulele, crafted by Charlie Fukuba.
?One of the problems I've always had using exotic woods for furniture is that the tree has to die. This is the first time that the tree actually can live on,? Ferla said.
Experts took cuttings from the tree and grafted them on to seedlings. The cloning procedure produces a genetic copy of the original tree.
The seedlings are taking root at various locations around Oahu.
?We have over 50 right now. We're planting some in the park and I expect to plant them elsewhere. Since the property belong to Bernice Pauahi Bishop I'd like to see one get planted at Bishop Estate Kamehameha Schools,? said Moanalua Gardens owner J.P. Damon.
Damon hopes some might be planted in Kapiolani Park and at the Honolulu Zoo.
Ferla stood near one of the seedlings, which was nearly as tall as a man.
?This tree, in a hundred years, could yield the same kind of lumber. This is actually the original tree. It's the genetic material from the original tree,? Ferla said.