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Nominate a Big Tree

DLNR News Release

karl-lehmann-kapuaiwa-coconut-grove-kaunakakai-molokai-hawaii-usaDo you know of a tree you’ve always thought was special? Now’s the opportunity to recognize it by nominating it for the National Big Trees Competition. Anyone can nominate a native or culturally important tree from 21 currently-eligible species in Hawaii. Last year, two coconut trees at Molokai’s Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park were among six trees in the state that gained national titles.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) invites the public to help Hawaii compete in American Forests’ National Big Tree Program. The Big Tree Program seeks the largest trees of their species in the U.S. to be named National Champions. American Forests’ Fall 2012 National Register of Big Trees represents 780 National Champion trees.

“These trees form the uniquely Hawaiian rainforest, an essential part of Hawaii’s biological and cultural heritage,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “Because these native trees absorb rainfall and cloud water, protecting these forests is the most cost effective and efficient way to secure Hawaii’s water supply.”

The State of Hawaii is looking forward to taking part in the Big Tree Program and is inviting the public to submit nominations for candidates of the following species:

Common Tree Name

Hawaiian Tree Name

Genus & Species

Koa

Koa

Acacia koa

Lama

Lama

Diospyros sandwicensis

Wiliwili

Wiliwili

Erythrina sandwicensis

‘ohi’a ha

‘ōhi‘a ha

Syzygium sandwicense

Malaysian apple

‘ōhi‘a ai

Syzygium malaccense

White hibiscus

koki’o ke’oke’o

Hibiscus arnottianus

Hibiscus

ma’o hau hele

Hibiscus brackenridgei

Red Kauai Hibiscus

aloalo

Hibiscus clayii

Hawaiianholly

kāwa‘u

Ilex anomala

Kolea lau nui

Kōlea lau nui

Myrsine lessertiana

Hawai‘ianolive

Olopua

Nestegis sandwicensis

papala kepau

Pāpalakēpau

Pisonia brunoniana

HawaiianSumach

Nenelau

Rhus sandwicensis

Soapberry

Lonomea

Sapindus oahuensis

Mamane

Mamane

Sophora chrysophylla

Oahu prickly-ash

a‘e

Zanthoxylum oahuense

Paper Mulberry

Wauke

Broussonetia papyrifera

Coconut

niu,

Cocos nucifera

Sea Hibiscus

Hau

Hibiscus tiliaceus

Soapberry Wingleaf

Mānele

Sapindus saponaria

Hopbush

‘a‘ali‘i

Dodonaea viscosa

To nominate a tree, you must provide three measurements: trunk circumference (inches), height (feet), and average crown spread (feet). These are combined to assign the tree a score. We also need to know the exact location to verify any candidates. If you have photographs of the tree, please include those in your submission.

To learn more about the specific measuring requirements, please review the guidelines at the American Forests website americanforests.org/our-programs/bigtree/big-tree-measuring-guidelines/

Please send your measurements by Feb. 1, along with GPS coordinates or specific directions to a candidate big tree to:

Hannah Bergemann
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Hannah.A.Bergemann@hawaii.gov
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325
Honolulu, HI 96813

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