ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Tree Planting Ceremony

APRIL 25, 2018  ||  8:45 AM  ||  HĀNAIAKAMALAMA

In honor of the gubernatorial proclamation marking April 25, 2018, as ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day in Hawaiʻi, please join us for an ʻōhiʻa lehua tree planting ceremony at Queen Emma Summer Palace’s gardens.

Three ʻōhiʻa seedlings have been generously gifted from Lyons Estate on Hawaiʻi Island and Maui Native Nursery to the Daughters of Hawaiʻi to celebrate the cultural and environmental significance of this beautiful native species now at risk.

ʻŌhiʻa is endemic to Hawaiʻi and can be found in nearly one million acres of forest lands across the State of Hawaiʻi. ʻŌhiʻa is also an essential part of our islands’ ecosystem as it provides food and shelter for many native forest birds, such as ‘Apapane (Hawaiian honeycreeper) and ‘Iʻiwi (scarlet honeycreeper). The tree provides water, nutrients, and protection for an understory of native plants, while the lehua, or flower, attracts mists and rainwater and in turn supplies water to our aquifers.

What is Hawaiʻi’s most abundant native tree is now under attack on Hawaiʻi Island by a devastating fungal disease known as Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD). Since 2013, ROD has killed hundreds of thousands of trees over a very short period of time. ROD is found only on the Island of Hawaiʻi and current efforts to fight the disease include preventing the spread to other islands.

As stewards of two historic homes of Hawaiʻi’s royal families, the Daughters are honored to receive these seedlings into our care on this special day to nurture and nourish and see grow stronger year after year.

To learn more about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death and what you can do to help those fighting against this fast-moving fungal disease, please visit the University of Hawaiʻi’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource’s website at rapidohiadeath.org.

8:45 AM Guests arrive
9:00 AM Lei ceremony
9:05 AM Program
9:20 AM Pule
9:25 AM Groundbreaking
9:35 AM Hula performance by Ka Pa Hula Hawaiʻi
9:45 AM Pau

Members are encouraged to wear dress whites. Light refreshments to follow at Emmalani Hale.