The ʻōhiʻa lehua is the dominant tree in the Native Hawaiian rainforest. Legends and chants from the Native Hawaiian people explain the romantic, yet scientific necessity to our Hawaiian eco-system including our water source. The tree is currently under attack from Rapid Ohia Death, a fungal virus that is wiping out acres of forest at an alarming speed.
My name is Lacy, and I believe that change begins with yourself. It starts with our daily actions and in our own homes. Our family decided to take action from our own back yard at the Lyons Estate in Mountain View, on the island of Hawaii. By preserving 20 acres of pristine ʻōhiʻa lehua trees and propagating and collecting seeds to bank.
The seeds are buying us time to one day reforest what we've already lost. We are currently relying on the Department of Land and Natural Resources Forestry Program, and the UH Lyon Arboretum #OHIALOVE project but need more awareness brought to the government level. By bringing awareness to the threat of our Hawaiian eco-system and future water aquifers, we hope that more funds can be applied to stopping the virus.
We encourage you to get involved through volunteer time gathering seeds, learning proper sanitation protocols and urging government officials to take immediate action.
Our ancestors would want us to help, malama honua, pull together and save this forest.
Mahalo nui loa,