DLNR Press Release – Ohia Love Fest Live and In-Person This Year on All Islands
Published on Nov 1, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(HONOLULU) – After two “virtual” years of celebration, ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest returns with many in-person events across Hawaiʻi. The theme for this year’s festivities is Mōhala, or the unfolding of the lehua. It is a stage in the life of fulfillment lehua, but it also represents how we emerge excluding COVID with a new party.
‘Ōhi’a is essential for providing the water we drink, keeping our ocean reefs clean, and is important to native Hawaiian culture. Earlier this year, ōhiʻa was named Hawaii’s state endemic tree. All activities are free, but some require prior registration.
Event calendar :
Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will be giving away over 1,000 Hawaiian trees free of charge, 1 tree per person, regardless of age. The MALP Garden Expo will feature horticulture and tree care classes, a plant sale and free activitiesincluding a special “Hale ʻŌhiʻa” to learn more about ʻōhiʻa.
- Island of Hawaii:
Saturday November 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pahoa Community Center will be the host an ʻōhiʻa potting shed, stalls, games, prizes and a raffle.
Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Downwind Community College will be the host kiosks, workshops, crafts and gifts. Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to visit the Waiheʽe Tunnel and see for yourself how a watershed and aquifer works. All prizes and giveaways are available on a first–come first–service baseincluding an Ohia starter kit.
From Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 19 November: A the week-long activity program includes an ʻōhiʻa seed-collecting trek, planting ʻōhiʻa trees around the island, ʻōhiʻa seedling gifts, bio-remediation kits, all culminating in a celebration of a day with a native plant sale, educational booths, cultural demonstrations, local craft and food vendors, and ʻōhiʻa-themed presentations at Limahuli Garden and Preserve.
As in previous years, the festival celebrates ʻōhiʻa lehua as Hawaii’s most ecologically and culturally significant tree species. ‘Ōhi’a is currently threatened by two deadly fungal pathogens, resulting in a disease known as Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death (ROD). The week’s activities will include information on the spread of ROD and actions needed to protect the remaining healthy ʻōhiʻa. The festival is designed for the whole family.
- These statewide events are brought to you by the University of Hawaii, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and the Island Invasive Species Committees.
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HD Video – The best of ʻŌhiʻa around Hawai’i:
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Senior Communications Manager