EVENT: ‘Ōhiʻa Love Fest at ʻImiloa

There will be live music, entertainment, Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death (ROD) information, talks, games, prizes, face painting, photo booth, educational booths, crafts, free admission into ‘Imiloa, food, and so much more!

Poster for the event with information that can be found in the text of this post.

EVENT:  ‘Ōhiʻa Love Fest.
DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2017.
TIME: 9:00 am TO 4:00 pm.
PLACE: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

A fun FREE festival celebrating ‘ōhiʻa trees! There will be live music, entertainment, Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death (ROD) information, talks, games, prizes, face painting, a photo booth, educational booths and displays, crafts, demonstrations on how to reduce the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death, free admission into ‘Imiloa, food, and more.

The schedule of events includes a hula performance by hula hālau Nā Wahine a nā kane punahele ‘o ka pu‘uwai, music by the Bioblitz Band, a presentation on ‘ōhiʻa traditions of Hawaiian culture, ʻōhiʻa seed banking, Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death science updates, Taiko drumming by Hui Okinawa Kubodo Taiko.

“We are so excited to host the First Annual ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest, as it is our hope to bring the community together to celebrate ʻōhiʻa trees, their importance in our native ecosystems, our culture and as a collector of fresh water,” says Anya Tagawa, outreach and education specialist at the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

This will be a zero-waste event and the public is encouraged to bring reusable water bottles. There will be free refill-stations with ice-cold water.

‘Imiloa will be offering $10 off all levels of membership, whether you are new to ‘Imiloa or renewing your membership. This discount will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, August 27. Even if your membership isn’t about to expire, you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early.

Sponsors

DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i County Council Member Eileen OʻHara, the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. This event is in collaboration with UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.