A new fungal disease is currently attacking and killing ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi. ʻŌhiʻa are the foundation of native forests and provide food, shelter, and water for numerous plants and animals, including humans. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died across thousands of acres from the fungus, within the genus Ceratocystis. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in the South Hilo, Puna, Kaʻū and Kona districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide.
This workshop will cover all the latest science and discuss how you can help prevent the spread of this desease.
5:00pm – 6:00pm - Decontamination Demonstration (Joel Brunger, Big Island Invasive Species Committee)
6:00pm - 6:45pm - Presentation (J.B. Friday, PhD and Corie Yanger, Universtiy of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources)
6:45 - 7:00pm – Questions and Answers