The sweet smell of the Sandalwood was a highly priced wood crop. In fact, the Sandalwood tree is nearly wiped out from our forests today. The Chinese in Asia used to make incense sticks, which were used to worship their gods. Carved images, jewel boxes, tables and furniture were made out of this prized wood. The Chinese traded with the Hawaiian Chiefs for the wood, giving them foodstuffs, furniture, clothing, firearms, silks and Chinaware.
America and other countries paid a good price for the Sandalwood. One hundred thirty-three pounds of sandalwood was sold for ten dollars.