Aggressive form of rapid ohia death found in more Kauai locations

COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES A tree with rapid ohia death on Kauai is seen in a screen capture from a DLNR video.

LIHUE — Recent helicopter surveys prompted foresters with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife to sample 10 dead ohia in two locations within the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve. Six trees tested positive for Ceratocystis lukuohia, the more virulent of the two fungal pathogens causing rapid ohia death, the disease killing ohia across the state.