Register for 2019 ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshops Here!

Through the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Seed Banking Initiative, UH Lyon Arboretum is leading efforts to expand capacity for collection and banking of ʻōhiʻa seeds across all islands in response to the ROD crisis, for future restoration.
We invite you to join our 2019 efforts!

Since 2017, we’ve held 24 workshops on 5 islands and trained >450 people how to collect ʻōhiʻa seeds!

Lyon Arboretum has banked seed collections from >400 trees on multiple islands, for a total of >10 million ʻōhiʻa seeds!

Other Hawaii Seed Bank Partnership facilities have banked an additional >400 collections, bringing the statewide total to >800 collections and >22 million seeds! Our partners include:

Hawaiʻi Island Seed Bank (Kona)
National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kauaʻi)
Kauaʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife (Kauaʻi)
Army Natural Resources Program (Oʻahu)
Maui Nui Botanical Garden (Maui)
Ulu Lehulehu Project at Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry (Hilo)

Read more about ʻōhiʻa seed banking protocols, goals, needs, and the different types of ʻōhiʻa at

Learn more about the ROD Seed Banking Initiative
and sign up for workshops here

Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Aloha ‘Āina Program

Did you know we collected over 2 million ʻōhiʻa seeds thanks to our #OhiaLove supporters?

Visit our galleries to see highlights of our collection trips!


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more


We are incredibly grateful to all who have already offered support, and to all future supporters! Mahalo nui loa for supporting our mission to save ʻōhiʻa seeds. If your question is not on the FAQ page, feel free to contact Marian Chau, Seed Conservation Lab Manager.


We would also like to thank our many partners on this project in addition to the ones listed above, including University of Hawai‘i Office of Communications, Friends of Lyon Arboretum, Lyon Arboretum’s Education Department, the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Working Group, the ‘Ōhi‘a Legacy Initiative, and our many other supporters.

whitney_ohiawhitney_providence#OhiaLove is dedicated to the memory of Whitney Reyes, whose passions included Hawaiian plants, Big Island, and conservation. Happy Birthday Whitney, your ʻohana loves you and misses you.


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