Island Style Furnishings of Kaneohe is the exclusive dealer of Australis Leisure brand all-weather furniture, which was developed in the land down under to withstand the country’s harsh environment.

The key to the furniture line’s success has been choosing durable and appealing materials. Merbau wood (also known as kwila) was regarded as one of the most durable and stable timbers in the world. It grows in Northern Australia and across Southeast Asia. It is well-known as the wood of choice for building docks, decks and flooring. Merbau is the perfect wood for outdoor furniture. It is twice as hard as teak, which makes it resistant to abrasion, pitting or roughening.

Prior to manufacturing, merbau is kiln-dried to a moisture content of 12 percent. This stabilizes the structure of the timber so it doesn’t warp or crack. The furniture contains reddish-brown tannin, which gives its characteristic color. This tannin makes the wood naturally rot-resistant and insect-proof. The furniture is constructed using mortise and tenon joints with cross doweling. This prevents loosening of the components over time. All the hardware is corrosion-resistant, 304-grade stainless steel and nickel-plated brass. The assembly, prepping and finishing are all done at the company’s Kaneohe facility.

Island Style Furnishings offers competitive pricing and a comprehensive five-year warranty. Visit the company at 46-212 Kahuhipa St., Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Or call 234-1129 and visit the company’s online catalog at

CONTACT: 234-1129 •