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Ohia Love Fest bringing awareness to Hawaii forest disease – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2020-11-21 01:44:19 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — The 4th Ohia Lovest is a week-long virtual festival that opens up a variety of workshops and activities to the public. Rapid Ohia disease currently spreads from one island to four, so it is important that we all play our part to prevent it from spreading further.

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Ohia is Hawaii’s most abundant native tree and covers most of the forest canopy. In other words, it accounts for most of the rainfall in this area.

Therefore, the threat to Oia’s population is a threat to the entire population of Hawaii.

“That is, all the water we drink today comes from our forests,” says Anvil Mokia Olly, coordinator of the entire state of Rapid Oiades at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“Just because you put on a faucet and brush your teeth doesn’t mean that water is coming out of it,” says Mokiao Lee. “Water comes from rainwater that permeates through forests and pipes.”

However, Ohia is under attack by Rapid Ohiades.

Mycosis was first witnessed on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014.
Ohia is most commonly found on the Big Island.

Since then, the disease has spread to Maui, Oahu and Kauai.

“That is, on the Big Island, there are nearly 185,000 acres of affected forest on the Big Island, which is equivalent to about 20% of Hawaii’s forests being affected by the disease,” Mokiao said. -Lee says.

The purpose of Ohia lehua is to make us aware of this problem, the potential threat to our lives, and what we can do to prevent its spread.

There are still events that you can attend for free.

“We end up planting a ray garden and tell us about the different types of plants that can be used to make rays,” says Mokia Olly.

“Teach people how to grow ray plants so that they have their own ray garden so they don’t have to harvest them in state reserves, etc.”

If you miss any of the virtual workshops throughout the week, the University of Hawaii will upload them all to their website.

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