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Local Artist Crowdfunds to Help Fight Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Fungus

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Local Oʻahu-based artist, Laurie Sumiye, has collaborated with the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) outreach and education team to fundraise for ROD decontamination kits for the public. In addition to sharing information about the threat of ROD here in Hawaiʻi and reporting possibly infected ʻōhiʻa trees, residents and visitors are encouraged to help by decontaminating shoes and gear before and after visiting forests or areas known to have ROD fungus. Laurie Sumiye has donated her artwork to the "I Love ʻŌhiʻa" crowdfunding campaign to raise $4000 for decontamination kits. The fundraiser, which has almost reached its stretch-goal of $7000, was covered by Big Island Video News.