A newly identified disease called Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death has killed 100,000 ʻōhiʻa trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) in east Hawai‘i Island and affected more than 34,000 acres. When healthy-looking trees begin to exhibit symptoms they typically die within a matter of weeks. This disease has the potential to kill ‘ohi‘a trees statewide. ‘Ohi‘a trees cover 865,000 acres and ʻōhiʻa is considered by many to be the most important tree in Hawai‘i.
Learn more: hawaii.edu/news/2016/02/07/seeding-the-future-of-the-ohia-tree/
Support this crowd funding campaign to collect and preserve the ʻōhiʻa tree seeds for future reintroduction into the wild. gofundme.com/ohialove