• E Komo Mai & Overview
  • Kīpaepae Opening Ceremony
  • Events & Registration
  • Seed to Planting Tips & More Resources
  • Keiki Kit Giveaway! - Locations
  • Ka Wā Pani, Closing Ceremony
  • Arbor Day - Around the Islands


Join us on a tour of Hawaii’s beautiful forests and celebrate native Hawaiian biodiversity, especially ‘ōhi‘a lehua, a tree that’s critical to providing the water we drink, keeping our ocean reefs healthy, and revered in Hawaiian culture. You will also learn ways you can protect our forests by reducing the spread of diseases like Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. 

Letʻs Celebrate Forests at this ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest, a free, virtual event for the family beginning on Wednesday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 6th. Join us for special presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and fun keiki giveaways to celebrate ‘ōhi‘a lehua. 

This event is brought to you by the University of Hawaiʻi, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and your local Invasive Species Committees. This message was paid for by a grant from the Omidyar `Ohana Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation.


Schedule of Events:

Wed. 11/3 @ 8am: Kīpaepae Opening Ceremony

Wed. 11/3 @ 9am:  ‘Ōhi‘a seed collecting video

Wed. 11/3 @ 1pm: A Tour of Hawaii’s ‘Ōhi‘a Forests

Thurs. 11/4 @ 8am: Morning Oli: E Ulu Kini

Thurs. 11/4 @ 9am:  ‘Ōhi‘a Seed Sowing Video

Thurs. 11/4 @ 1pm: ‘Ōhi‘a Identification Workshop

Fri. 11/5 @ 8am: Morning Oli: E Ulu Kini

Fri. 11/5 @ 9am: How to Plant a Seedling Video

Fri. 11/5 @ 11 am: Seed to Planting Panel Discussion

Fri. 11/5 @ 12pm: Ka Wā Pani (closing ceremony)

Sat. 11/6 (various times): Statewide Arbor Day Events 



Come and join us for our Kīpaepae (opening ceremony) to mark the beginning of our 5th annual virtual ‘Ōhi‘a Love Fest, November 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 am. The Kīpaepae is being brought to you by Hālau ‘Ōhi‘a (stewardship training).

Join us for our Kīpaepae and immerse yourself in the Native Hawaiian cultural traditions of hula and oli (chants) used to open our annual ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest.

Morning oli from Hālau ‘Ōhi‘a members will also be shared on Thursday 11/04 and Friday 11/05 at 8:00 a.m. To catch these daily chants visit our Facebook page for the link to watch. 

We are excited to have you join us for our Kīpaepae to help us kick off our fun-filled week of the 2021 ‘Ōhi‘a Love Fest!



A Tour of Hawaii's ‘Ōhi‘a Forests -  click LINK to register

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 1pm HST

Please join us for a tour of Hawaii's ʽōhiʽa forests with Extension Forester, Dr. J.B. Friday, of the University of Hawaiʽi Cooperative Extension Service.

Dr. J.B. Friday, Jeff Bagshaw, Dr. Marian Chau, Sebastian Marquez, and Kim Rogers will take us on a virtual journey through the diverse ʽōhiʽa forests found throughout our islands. We will showcase the various flora and fauna that are found in these unique forests and live amongst our beloved ʽōhiʽa.

To register for this event please click link - https://bit.ly/hawaiiforests. 


‘Ōhi‘a Identification Event - click LINK to register

Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 1pm HST

Come and learn how to properly identify many different species and varieties of ‘ōhi‘a lehua that you can might encounter throughout our state with Dr. J.B. Friday, Extension Forester for the UH Cooperative Extension Service. This virtual field day will take you to some of the most remote locations featuring these different taxa in their native habitats.

To register for this event please click link - https://bit.ly/identifyohia


Seed to Planting Panel Discussion Event - click LINK to register

Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 11 am HST

Our Seed to Planting Panel Discussion will include panelists Dr. J.B. Friday, Dr. Marian Chau, and Mr. JC Watson, This will be an interactive discussion that will enable our guests to ask questions and learn more from our presenters about how to collect seeds and grow ʻōhiʻa on their ʻāina or within their communities to perpetuate the health and wellness of our native forest. 

Please come prepared with questions for our panelists on the topics covered throughout the week of the festival and/or about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD).

To register for this event please click link - https://bit.ly/ohiaplanting​



The 2021 ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest Social Media Campaign will highlight the other virtual engagement opportunities featured throughout our festival. We will be offering video tutorials that will teach participants how to gather and sow ʻōhiʻa seeds to grow ʻōhiʻa in their backyard. We will also highlilght statewide Arbor Day events with information about where you can participate on your island and pick up free plant seedlings to add to your backyard ʻōhiʻa forest. Finally, you can join us for our morning oli (chant), E Ulu Kini, that will be featured on our social media channels.


These posts will not require registration and can be viewed at anytime via our FB page www.facebook/rapidohiadeath and on Instagram @ohialife


Wed. 11/3 @ 9am: ‘Ōhi‘a seed collecting video

Wed. 11/3 @ 10am: Kilo Books Hawaii Prize Giveaway Post

Wed. 11/3 @ 11am: Arbor Day Posts

Thurs. 11/4 @ 8am: Morning Oli: E Ulu Kini

Thurs. 11/4 @ 9am: ‘Ōhi‘a Seed Sowing video

Thurs. 11/4 @ 10am: Kilo Books Hawaii Prize Giveaway Post

Thurs. 11/4 @ 11am: Arbor Day Posts

Fri. 11/5 @ 8am: Morning Oli: E Ulu Kini

Fri. 11/5 @ 9am: How to Plant a Seedling Video

Fri. 11/5 @ 10am: Kilo Books Hawaii Prize Giveaway Post

Fri. 11/5 @ 11am: Arbor Day Posts

Sat. 11/6 @ 8am: Arbor Day Posts

Sat. 11/6 @ 3pm: Ka Wā Pani closing ceremony



We have created FREE kits containing keiki educational activities and other resources about ʻŌhiʻa that will be available at the following public library locations:

*Please note that are limitied supplies so remember to pick up your keiki kits at your earliest convenience. Craft kits may be available beginnging on Monday, November 1st at your participating public libraries listed below.

Link to Final Crafting Video

Link to Lehua Doll Crafting Video

Link to ʻŌhiʻa Finger Puppet Crafting Video

Link to ʻŌhiʻa Protector Crown Crafting Video

Link to ʻŌhiʻa Seed Stages Crafting Video


Library Locations



  • Hawaiʽi State Public Library
  • Mānoa Public Library
  • Kalihi-Palama Public Library
  • Hawaiʽi Kai Public Library

Hawaiʻi Island

  • Hilo Public Library
  • Honokaʽa Public Library
  • Kailua-Kona Public Library
  • Kealakekua Public Library
  • Laupahoehoe Public and School Library
  • Mountain View Public and School Library
  • Naʽalehu Public Library
  • North Kohala Public Library
  • Pahala Public and School Library
  • Pahoa Public and School Library
  • Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library


  • Hanapepe Public Library
  • Kapaʽa Public Library
  • Koloa Public and School Library
  • Lihue Public Library
  • Princeville Public Library
  • Waimea Public Library


  • Wailuku Public Library
  • Makawao Public Library
  • Kihei Public Library
  • Lahaina Public Library
  • Hana Public and School Library


  • Molokai Public Library


Halau ‘Ōhi‘a will lead Ka Wā Pani (closing ceremony) to help close our 2021 ‘Ōhi‘a Love Fest. 

We would like to send a huge mahalo out to our partners, sponsors, funders, and most importantly YOU!! We thank all of you for participating in our week long festival to help celebrate Hawaii's most important native tree, the ‘ōhi‘a lehua.


Mahalo for your support!

Arbor Day is a formally designated holiday around the world dedicated to honoring, planting and enjoying the benefits of trees. Arbor Day has been recognized in Hawai’i for over 110 years, and every November communities across the Hawaiian islands gather to celebrate trees!

November marks the beginning of the rainy season in Hawai‘i, which is the perfect time to plant a tree! Arbor Day in Hawai’i officially falls on the first Friday in November, however, tree giveaways and celebrations across the state typically take place on the first Saturday.

In 2021, Arbor Day Hawai’i will be celebrated on Saturday, November 6th, 2021.



Oʽ​ahu - Friday, 11/5

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa  (UHM) Arbor Day

Pickup on UHM campus

One tree per household

Friday, 11/5

11:00am - 3:00pm

Registration begins on Monday, 11/1 and you can register here:


Hawaiʽi Island​ - Friday, 11/5

Arbor Day Plant Sale by Mauna Kea Restoration Project

Waimea Tree State Nursery

Both native and non-native trees like: Koa, ‘Iliahi, ʽŌhiʽa, and more


Oʽ​ahu - Saturday, 11/6


Leeward Oahu Tree Giveaway

Hoa Aina O Mākaha

84-766 Lahaina St., Wai'anae, HI

8:00am - 10:00am

Following a very successful Arbor Day tree give-away in 2020, Hoa  ʻĀina  O Mākaha has prepared for Arbor Day 2021 by growing more than 700 trees and plants for giveaway to Wai'anae residents. Hoa ʻĀina o Mākaha is a working farm that provides aina-based education for the local community.

No reservations required; walk-in with mask wearing and social distancing required. Trees are grown to be given to Wai'anae residents.  One tree per family. A wide variety of fruit trees will be available and some native Hawaiian trees.


Leeward Oahu Tree Giveaway

Wai'anae Farmers and Green Market

Wai'anae Mall, 86-120 Farrington Highway, Waianae, HI

8:00am - 12:00pm

Arbor Day Tree-Giveaway for Wai'anae Coast residents will take place at Mākeke Waianae, a Farmers' and Green Market located at Wai'anae Mall's eastern parking lot. Shop for produce and other Wai'anae-grown and -made items while you're there.

No reservations required; walk-in with mask wearing and social distancing required.  One tree per family. A variety of native Hawaiian, landscaping, and food trees will be available.


Leeward Oahu Tree Giveaway

Mālama Learning Center

Hawai'i Agriculture Research Center in Kunia

8:30am - 12:00pm

This Arbor Day event will be a full learning experience. Participants will rotate among three stations that will feature seed saving and planting methods, gardening and mini farmers' market, and plant pest corner where experts will talk about some of the worst invasive pests to watch out for.

Due to COVID-19 safety considerations, registration/acceptance is required and walk-ins will NOT be allowed to enter. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results within 48 hours of entry is required along with mask wearing and social distancing. Completion of Assumption of Risk form is also required.

Click here to register for your free tree: Click here to register!


Kaimuki Arbor Day 2021

KCC Farmers Market

4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI

7:30am - 11:00am

Pre-registration at https://www.treesforhonolulu.org/a-community-growing-trees-together/

Supplies limited. One per household. A commitment to plant, register, and tag your tree is part of the process -- we will be happy to help! 


Kailua Arbor Day Tree Adoption

Kailua Town Parking Structure

Saturday, Nov. 6th (7:00am - 10:00am)

Reserve your tree at adkailua.eventbrite.com
LEARN MORE: Smart Trees Pacific

“This year at Kailua Arbor Day’s Tree Adoption event, we have about 400 trees ready for their forever home. With the “Right Tree, Right Place” concept in mind, this event is meant to get the right tree planted in the best space for it to grow our community’s urban forest canopy. Check out our website to see what trees will be available and to reserve your tree today!”


Maui - 11/2 - 11/6


Arbor Day Garden Expo

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului, HI

Nov. 2-6th, 2021

9:00am - 3:00pm (daily)

The Maui Arbor Day Garden Expo and 1,000 Tree Giveaway will be held from November 2 to 6 at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, with free tree care and related webinars held virtually at arbordayexpo.com. The outdoor, distanced and masked 5-day event is made possible by the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Hawaiian Electric Company.

Click here to register for your tree: https://mnbg.org/2021-maui-arbor-day-tree-giveaway/

Kaua'i - Saturday, 11/6


Kaua'i Arbor Day Event

Kukui Grove Parking Lot (behind Target)

Start time: 9:00AM 

Saturday November 6 is the annual Arbor Day plant giveaway sponsored by Kauai Landscape Industry Council. This year is a modified event for social distancing safety: drive-through and pick up your plants without leaving your car.  Event begins 9:00 AM sharp until plants are gone, in Kukui Grove parking lot (behind Target).


Hawai'i Island - Saturday 11/6

East Hawai'i Outdoor Circle 2021 Tree Giveaway

260 Manono Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Nov. 6th, 2021

8:00am - 5:00pm

To register for your one free tree: