The Waikoloa Dry Forest Recovery project is a native dry forest restoration on 275 acres of land south of Waikoloa Village. The rugged a’a lava* landscape is home to endemic, critically endangered uhiuhi trees and culturally significant wiliwili trees. At the annual Wiliwili Festival you have the opportunity to see these beautiful trees in their natural environment. The Festival will feature activities, vendor educational materials, guided and self-guided tours, free workshops (some require registration), a native plant giveaway, and opportunities to ask tree experts about plant propagation, growing, and care. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well as Waikōloa Dry Forest merchandise featuring current (and past, if available) year’s beautiful artwork. Note: The Wiliwili Festival is held within a natural area with few improvements. Participants will be outside and walking on uneven terrain. Please bring a refillable water bottle, sun protection, and solid footwear. More info: Wiliwili Festival – Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and Brochure: Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative (PDF)
* There are two main types of lava lava flow: pahoehoe (smooth) and a’a (stony, broken, difficult). To remember the types, ʻaʻa is what you say when you walk across it!
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