On November 30, 2016, a summit for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death was held at Hawaiʻi's State Capitol to present a Strategic Response Plan to legislators and the public. Mahalo nui to ʻŌlelo Community Television for recording the summit talks and question/answer session. Their video can be found here: http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=20&clip_id=58224
Governor David Ige approved the proposed rule to make the Hawaii Department of Agriculture quarantine on ʻōhiʻa permanent.
Hawaii Tribune Herald -by Ivy Ashe
Hawaii Public Radio -By Molly Solomon
A writer for Hawaiʻi Business captured the story of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death from the perspective of local business owners and explored how ROD threatens ʻōhiʻa, a native tree considered critical for Hawaiʻi's water supply.
The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources has released findings of a confirmed case of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on the Big Island's Hāmākua coast. The disease was confirmed in a large, old growth ʻōhiʻa located in the Laupahoehoe Section of the Hilo Forest Reserve. State forest managers will work with the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death working group to identify the best actions for dealing with the tree and preventing the spread of ROD to surrounding forest.
ahu-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.
A journalist from the internationally circulated, weekly publication Science reported on Hawaiʻi's battle with Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in a recent issue. The peer-reviewed journal is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an international non-profit organization. Please note, that in order to read the full article, you must be a subscriber of the journal.
As part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2016, international journalists had the opportunity to learn more about Rapid Ohia Death on an excursion to Hawaii Island. As a result, an article about Rapid Ohia Death has recently been published by France's Le Monde newspaper.