Ohia Lehua Project rallies creative community to save endangered forests


The Lyons Estate has teamed up with generous local artists and vendors who have made the pledge to aid in fighting Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) and ensuring the survival of the indispensable ohia forest on Hawaii Island. 

Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) is a fungal disease that attacks and kills the healthy ohia on Hawaii Island.

On going aerial surveys report an estimate of 75,000 acres of ohia have already died from this booming virus.

Healthy ohia trees fall within days, and it’s projected that 90% of the forest will perish in the next four years.

The ohia lehua is the dominant tree in the Native Hawaiian rainforest; because of ROD drastic ecosystem disturbances will impact the quality of natural resources and life.

During April 1st through May 1st, a portion of the proceeds from select retailers such as Avanti Shirts, Aloha Superette, Lehua Itokazu, Magdakine Swimwear, Samudra, Trudi Hawaii and more will go towards the fundraising for the forest management program and seed bank at the Lyons Estate. 

All proceeds collected for the Lyons Estate Ohia Lehua Project will go directly to the ohia lehua seed banking initiative and forest preservation.

Donors are encouraged to participate online at https://www.youcaring.com/lyonsestate-1097919

Host Trini Kaopuiki was joined by Lyons Estate Owner Lacy Matsumoto and project coordinator Analiese Arle from Urban Pacific Communications to talk about upcoming Ohia Lehua Project events.

Important Dates: 
April 25th, Ohia Lehua Day dedicated by Governor Ige. A tree planting ceremony
May 1st, Tree Planting Ceremony at Kawaiahao Church
May 15th, Ohia Lehua Seedling workshop at Kawaiahao Church School 

Website: http://www.lyonsestate.com

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