Hale ʻŌhiʻa

Who you will see

  • Ambyr Miyake, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) Statewide Outreach Coordinator for U.H. Mānoa. ROD is responsible for over 1 million dead ohia trees on Hawaii Island and has been found on Kauai, Oahu, and Maui islands. Learn what you can do to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease in your neighborhoods.
  • Marian Chau, Kalehua Seed Conservation Consulting. ʻŌhiʻa are remarkable for their diversity and ability to grow in many different ecosystems in Hawaiʻi. As part of the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) Seed Banking Initiative and the Maui ROD Resistance Project, Marian can show you how to identify and recognize the 7 different types of ʻōhiʻa found on Maui. Learning the names and characteristics of these ʻōhiʻa trees helps you build a closer pilina (relationship) with our native forests, the foundation of our island home.
  • Nick Dudley, Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research Center. HARC will be giving away Maui sourced wilt resistant koa trees. This organization has identified naturally disease resistant koa trees and established koa seed orchards that produce koa wilt resistant seeds. With the help of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Kalehua Seed Conservation Consulting, HARC is now working to find potential ʻōhiʻa parent trees that have natural ROD resistance, establish ʻōhiʻa seed orchards, and provide ROD resistant ʻōhiʻa seeds for restoration.
  • Jeff Bagshaw, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Jeff will be giving away hiking decontamination kits to help prevent the spread of ROD and can answer your questions about ʻōhiʻa on Maui, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on Maui, and more.

How to earn a second ʻōhiʻa tree

After you choose your free Arbor Day tree under the banyan, come visit Hale ʻŌhiʻa. Get your stamp book and visit the nonprofit booths to ask and get help answering the questions about ʻōhiʻa. Your completed book returned at Hale ʻŌhiʻa earns you an extra free ʻōhiʻa tree! Trees will be distributed one per completed stamp book while they last. 


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