Our native greenhouse director Ann Kobsa is now collaborating with the ‘Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’ in an effort to increase plantings in Keau’ohana. We are now planning on creating bi-annual plantings of 100 trees every year. Our first event happened on February 6th.
Tragically, so much of the upper-canopy structure in Keau’ohana has been compromised due to Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) over the past few years. One of our key restoration species is the ohe (Polyscias hawaiensis) because it is a large native and rare canopy tree that is fast growing that will help to replace the lost of shade.
During this event, 76 ohe trees were planted in the restoration site’s east and west volunteer loops. There were also 22 native akia and 2 loulou palms planted to make up 100 plantings. The efforts were very successful with a total of 97 work hours offered by both volunteer and crew members (16 attendees).