October 2, 2012||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Big Island, Big Tree! The Kona Hema Preserve is Home to the Largest Koa in the US

From the top – looking up at the largest Acacia koa tree in the nation:
Big Island Big Koa Tree in Kona Hema

How big is a big koa tree? This “National Champion” is 115 feet tall with a circumference of 343.3 inches

The Kona Hema Preserve is Home to One Very Big Koa

On Saturday, September 29, The Nature Conservancy hosted a volunteer work day in the Kona Hema Preserve in South Kona. Most of the work day was focused on replacing barbed wire fencing that is a potential danger for the Hawaiian hoary bat, but volunteers also had an opportunity to take a short detour through the forest to visit the largest known koa tree in Hawaii.

From the bottom – the Kona Hema’s monarch koa:
Kona Hema Preserve Acacia koa

This koa was placed on the 2012 National Register of Big Trees earlier this year

The Kona Hema Preserve is not open to the public except for special events held by The Nature Conservancy. Visit TNC’s website to learn more about the Kona Hema’s King of the ForestĀ or to sign up for the TNC newsletter.

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