Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island, affecting >135,000 acres. This fungal disease has no known treatment and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide. ʻŌhiʻa trees are the keystone species of our native forests, covering nearly a million acres. Native birds, insects, and snails live in them and feed on them, while their canopy protects other native plants, creating the watershed that feeds our streams and recharges our water supply. This tree also has immense cultural significance, symbolizing strength, beauty, and sanctity.
Through the Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Seed Banking Initiative, the Hawaiian Island Seed Bank and other members of the Hawai‘i Seed Bank Partnership are working to collect and preserve ʻōhiʻa seeds from all islands during the ROD crisis and store them for future forest restoration. This project called, ʻŌhiʻa Love, was initiated by the Lyon Arboretum Seed Lab and funded by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The Lyon Arboretum Seed Lab has been saving ‘ōhi‘a seed for over 20 years, and have seeds that germinated at 18 years without losing viability. Each Island is working to collect seed from their ‘ōhi‘a trees to save this precious resource for the future.
For $50 or less per year, you can ensure an ‘ōhi’a tree lives on through its keiki. Your sustained donation will secure thousands of seeds collected from an ‘ōhi‘a tree then stored at the Hawaii Island Seed Bank and in backup storage at another Hawai‘i Seed Bank Partnership facility.
Adopt-a-Tree Giving Levels for Seed Banking
$25/year – 1 basic seed bank collection
$50/year – 1 standard seed bank collection with viability testing & seedling propagation
$10/month – 3 basic seed bank collections + 1 standard seed bank collection
With a one-time gift of $175 per tree, you can enable the Hawaii Island Seed Bank to make a new seed collection from wild ‘ōhi‘a trees in the forests of Hawai`i, helping us contribute to statewide goals of banking seeds from 10,000 trees of each type of ‘ōhi‘a. Visit laukahi.org/ohia to learn more.
Adopt-a-Tree Giving Levels for Seed Collecting
$175 one-time gift – new seed collection from 1 ‘ōhi‘a tree
$525 one-time gift – new seed collections from 3 ‘ōhi‘a trees
Other amount (enter below) – general donation to Hawaii Island Seed Bank’s ʻŌhiʻa Love fund
You can also enter any multiple of the above options to adopt more than one tree! Please include your mailing address and leave us a note if you need a donation acknowledgement letter for tax filing purposes.