do not have any confirmed cases of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in North Hilo or Kohala on Hawaiʻi Island nor from any other Hawaiian Island.
Landowners who suspect their trees are infected with
Ceratocystis on Hawaiʻi Island are encouraged to contact Drs. Friday, Hughes or Keith
with reports and locations of these trees. If you see a tree with ROD symptoms on another island, please contact the local Invasive Species Committee: Kauaʻi (firstname.lastname@example.org), Oʻahu (email@example.com), Molokaʻi (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Maui (email@example.com). Please send digital
photographs and a description of the observations and timeline of those
PRACTICE THE FIVE!
There is no effective treatment to protect ʻōhiʻa trees from becoming infected with Ceratocystis or cure for trees that exhibit symptoms of the disease. Therefore, we have an important role to help prevent the further spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. There are 5 simple things we can all do to help in this effort.
1) Don’t move ʻōhiʻa wood or ʻōhiʻa parts. If you don’t know where the ʻōhiʻa material is from, don’t move it.
2) Don’t transport ʻōhiʻa inter-island. Follow the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture quarantine rule and don’t move ʻōhiʻa off of Hawaiʻi Island.
3) Avoid injuring ʻōhiʻa.
Wounds serve as entry points for the fungus and increase the odds that
the tree will become infected and die from ROD. Avoid pruning and
contact with heavy equipment wherever possible.
4) Clean gear and tools, including shoes and clothes, before and after entering forests. Brush all soil off of tools and gear, then spray with 70% rubbing alcohol. Wash clothes with hot water and soap.
5) Wash your vehicle with a pressure-washer and detergent if you’ve been off-roading or have picked up mud from driving. Clean all soil off of tires and vehicle undercarriage.