WHERE IS ROD?
Updated July 2021
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death disease has been found on the Islands of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, Maui, and Oʻahu. Both Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi have confirmed Ceratocystis lukuohia (destroyer of ʻōhiʻa) and Ceratocystis huliohia (disruptor of ʻōhiʻa), the two fungal pathogens causing ROD. While C. lukuohia is a more aggressive fungus than C. huliohia, either species will kill ʻōhiʻa. In July 2019, a single tree infected by C. huliohia was detected on Maui and 5 trees was also detected with C. huliohia on Oʻahu. The tree on Maui was destroyed and there have been no positive ROD detections since.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Help prevent spreading Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death by practicing these five things:
1. Avoid injuring ʻōhiʻa.
2. Don’t move ʻōhiʻa wood or ʻōhiʻa parts.
3. Don’t transport ʻōhiʻa inter-island.
4. Clean gear and tools, including shoes and clothes, before and after entering forests.
5. Wash the tires and undercarriage of your vehicle to remove all soil or mud.