Effort seeks to preserve native trees south of Palamanui campus

  • Juanita Thompson feels the spirit of her favorite wiliwili tree above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Dr. Richard Stevens talks about the importance of saving the wiliwili trees above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Wiliwili trees grow above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A dead wiliwili tree returns to the aina. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree grows above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A wiliwili tree above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • "Tutu Wiliwili" appears to be the oldest of the species of concern above Palamanui. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — It was one word written last year by Hawaii Community College - Palamanui lecturer Richard Stevens that grabbed Juanita Thompson’s attention.