Ohia tree planting ceremony helps save native plant

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An ohia tree planting ceremony was held Wednesday in an effort to save this native plant species.

A permanent quarantine is still in effect for ohia trees on the Big Island to stop the spread of rapid ohia death which is a fungal disease destroying ohia forests.

Maui Native Nursery donated healthy ohia trees to be planted across Oahu.

“We really want to draw awareness and attention to it so we can teach people how to not spread the disease or how to be proactive in protecting their trees,” said Lyons Estate co-owner Lacy Matsumoto.

The disease has killed tens of thousands of ohia trees on the Big Island.

There have been no signs of it on any other island.

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