August 3, 2018||Big Island Communities: Events, Big Island: Weather and Nature

Three Showings of “Saving Ohia” on Hawaii Island in August

Photo above provided by Kapapala Forest Reserve PC: UH Hilo, Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab.
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Saving Ohia

Beginning this Saturday, August 4th there will be three showings of the new documentary “Saving Ohia, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree” on the Big Island this month. This highly anticipated documentary highlights the importance of Ohia as the foundational native species providing food and shelter for other rare species, some found only in Hawaii, and as a deeply revered tree in Hawaiian culture.

Scientific Discoveries

The cause of Rapid Ohia Death (also known as ROD) is two invasive fungal pathogens known as  Ceratocystis lukuohia and Ceratosistis huliohia that are killing these trees at an alarming rate across the Big Island. The most obvious sign that a tree has been infected is the browning of leaves. By this point, it is too late to save—the damage has been done.


This documentary focuses on ways to prevent the spread of this invisible fungus throughout Ohia forests and features the diligent group of conservationists and residents working tirelessly for the cause. For more information please visit

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