Honolulu-born David Chung was raised in Moanalua Gardens and Kalihi.  The son of a cabinetmaker, he grew up in a shop environment.  He became an architect in 1973 and retired in December 2010.  In 2002 he acquired a lathe and there was no turning back.  Self-taught as a woodturner,  what was a week-end pursuit of his acquired passion can now be undertaken full time.  David’s shop is in a converted garage at his home in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu.  Before woodturning, he started a line of wooden clocks sold in galleries and trade shows under the name ArchiClocks.  David is a past President and an active member of the Honolulu Woodturners club and a member of the American Association of Woodturners.

About the name of this blog:  Until my pre-teens, we lived in Moanalua Gardens, on the western outskirts of Honolulu.  We had several Hawaiian families among our neighbors.  The Hawaiian name for David is Kawika (say: ca vee ca), which is what I was often called while growing up. ‘ Huli’ means turn, or in verb form, to turn.  No, the name is not a play on David “going  Hollywood” ;-).

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Images created by David K.Y. Chung are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, permitting sharing and adaptation with attribution.

You are free:

  • To share – You may copy, distribute and transmit the images as you wish.
  • To remix – You may also adapt or change the images.

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution – You must credit the photographer “David K. Y. Chung”, unless otherwise noted.
  • Contact – If possible, I would appreciate a copy of or link to the publications the images are used in.
  • David K. Y. Chung
  • email:  kawikahuliwood@gmail.com

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13 comments on “About

  1. You are very informative…and pictures are excellent. Hope the nested bowls and the mystery of the wood would be included in a future blog.

  2. Great web site and very informative. I enjoyed reading it and gives me a touch of Hawaii. Thanks for taking the time to make the site and I look forward to future posts.

  3. Hey David, This is Robin Clark from CT. You sent me that beautiful piece of Kamani a while back and I am about ready to start on that project. Remind me what I can try to find for you from up my way…( I had big pc Crash and lost about 2 years of emails ) Hope you are well…RC

  4. Dave, we have some big (and, I mean big) False Kamani trees here on Kwajalein. My woodshop students and I have turned many bowls from trimmed limbs, and the wood here is a dark pink… very close-grained and quite beautiful. Great website. Keep up the good work- you are a real artist! Cordially, Doug Hepler, Industrial Arts teacher, Kwajalein Jr-Sr High School.

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