Tropical Gardening: Rapid ohia death now found throughout Hawaii Island forests

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Dead and dying Ohia trees are now a common sight in native Hawaiian forests due to the fungus disease referred to as rapid ohia death.

Adrive through almost any Ohia forest now is very sad if you observe how many trees are dying or dead. Rapid ohia death, or ROD, has been spreading in the forests of East Hawaii for several years. Now it is showing up in West Hawaii as well. To see the effects of ROD, take a drive up Kaloko Mauka, South Kona or over the Saddle and you will see defoliation and die back on trees young and old.