The light, but very hard, fine-grained wood is used in small boat construction
, especially as the keel of canoes, to make canoe paddles, and in home construction. House poles made from the wood of kōņo are said to last up to 100 years! Kōņo wood is also regarded as the best for making model canoes. It is easily worked and will not split when a nail is driven through it. The fruit has a small nut that is edible
, and the flowers are used for both head (ut) and neck (marmar) garlands
. The flowers and leaves have medicinal
uses. It is a prized tree due to the high demand for its many useful products.