HONOLULU — Join the celebration of Hawai‘i’s endemic trees at the 2021 ‘Ohi‘a Love Festival. Expanding from a single species to an entire ecosystem, this year’s festival theme is “Celebrate Forests.”
Three live workshops will be offered:
• A virtual tour of the different types of forests and the special flora, fauna, and ecosystems found across the islands;
• An examination of the different species and varieties of ‘ohi‘a, where they grow and how to identify them;
• Presentations on cultivating ‘ohi‘a from collecting and sowing seeds to planting and caring for ‘ohi‘a at home.
Beginning, Wednesday, Nov. 3, free keiki activity and craft kits will be available at participating Hawai‘i State Public Libraries while supplies last.
‘Ohi‘a Love Fest will culminate with Arbor Day, celebrated Saturday, Nov. 6, where people can adopt a tree at one of the many Arbor Day events across the state.
‘Ohi‘a lehua is a cornerstone species of Hawai‘i’s native forests, protecting reefs and providing water for all, food for native wildlife, and inspiration for over a thousand years of Hawaiian culture.
Unfortunately, a deadly fungal pathogen leading to rapid ‘ohi‘a death has killed over a million ‘ohi‘a trees on Hawai‘i Island and hundreds of others across the state.
Registration is required for some of the virtual events. The festival is designed for the whole family.
Source: The Garden Island