To spread awareness about the ecological and cultural importance of native Hawaiian plants and forests by establishing the 'Ōhi'a tree as a common feature in both residential and public areas of Hawai'i.
To have the 'Ōhi'a be recognized as a symbol of our Islands, to increase the public knowledge of native plants, perpetuate Hawaiian culture, provide habitat for native birds, and increase the health and vitality of the land for the people of Hawai'i.
February 2014 – 'Ōhi'a Legacy Initiative is founded
February 2015 - Launch of the OLI Facebook Page
March 2015 - We finally received our 501(C)(3) designation :)
February 2016 - Creation of 'Ōhi'a Legacy Community Propagation Network
March 2016 - Received our first grant from Awesome Foundation Oʻahu
January 2017 - First Propagation Workshop at Kamehameha School
October 2017 - First Mass ʻŌhiʻa Giveaway: 350 trees in Mānoa
March - August 2018 - Statewide 'ōhi'a propagation workshops for Master Gardener Programs
April 25, 2019 - First ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day. We gave a tree to Gov. Ige.
May 2019 - Second Mass ʻŌhiʻa Giveaway: 450 trees in Mānoa
November 2019 - Third Mass ʻŌhiʻa Giveaway: 350 trees in Pearl City
November 2020 - Fourth Mass ʻŌhiʻa Giveaway: 150 trees in Waialae ʻIki
If you live in Hawai'i and would like to host a planting workshop and learn how to grow 'Ōhi'a trees from seed, please contact us.
Ua kumu, ua pua, ua laha.
This all started with a desire to have my children grow up seeing 'ōhi'a trees not only in the mountains, but everywhere, as they once were.
And now here we are years later with over 1,700 ʻōhiʻa trees provided via mass giveaways and individual hand-offs. We have also propagated well over 2 million seeds at local schools, random events, and with community groups. Resulting in an unknown number of additional trees growing across the Islands.
Huge mahalo to my 'Ohana for joining me on this journey, and to all our other friends and supporters for making the ʻŌhiʻa Legacy Initiative a reality.
Go grow with aloha,