our history

I want my grandchildren to grow up seeing 'Ōhi'a trees not only in the mountains, but everywhere. To have them hear the chatter of native birds as they sip nectar from the blossoms, and to know that when they see these special and sacred trees the land is being cared for.

Mahalo to all our friend and supporters for making the ʻŌhiʻa Legacy Initiative a reality.





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.


Planting Workshops

Ua kumu, ua pua, ua laha.

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. 




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 Awesome Foundation Grant

July 2016 - Selected Mānoa Valley as a target community

August 2016 - Received Mālama Mānoa Educational Grant