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‘Ōhiʻa Love Fest: A FREE Festival Celebrating ‘Ōhiʻa Trees

by Brea Aamoth on August 14th, 2017

Join us for the ‘Ōhiʻa Love Fest on Sunday, August 27 from 9am-4pm at ‘Imiloa for a fun FREE festival celebrating ‘ōhiʻa trees! There will be live music, entertainment, Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death (ROD) information, talks, games, prizes, face painting, a photo booth, educational booths and displays, crafts, demonstrations on how to reduce the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death, free admission into ‘Imiloa, food, and so much more!

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The schedule of events includes a hula performance by hula hālau Nā Wahine a nā kane punahele ‘o ka pu‘uwai, music by the Bioblitz Band, a presentation on ‘ōhiʻa traditions of Hawaiian culture, ʻōhiʻa seed banking, Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death science updates, Taiko drumming by Hui Okinawa Kubodo Taiko and so much more! “We are so excited to host the First Annual ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest, as it is our hope to bring the community together to celebrate ʻōhiʻa trees, their importance in our native ecosystems, our culture and as a collector of fresh water,” said Anya Tagawa, Outreach and Education Specialist at the Department of Land and Natural Resources. “This is a free community event that has something special for all ages, so please mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, August 27!”


Photo by: JB Friday

‘Imiloa will be offering $10 off all levels of membership, whether you are new to ‘Imiloa or renewing your membership. This discount will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, August 27. Even if your membership isn’t about to expire, you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early!

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‘Ōhiʻa Love Fest is proudly hosted and sponsored by: The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the University of Hawai’i, Hawai’i County Council Member Eileen OʻHara, the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. This event in in collaboration with the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.


Photo by: JB Friday

This will be a zero-waste event, so don’t forget your reusable water bottle! We’ll have free refill-stations with ice-cold water! For more information about Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death please visit: rapidohiadeath.org and imiloahawaii.org.

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