One more new pest now attacking our forests and gardens: The acacia whitefly

  • The rare Australian flame tree, Brachychiton acerifolius, is a medium-size tree in the hibiscus family. A beautiful specimen may be seen at the Old Kona Airport Park community garden. It is easily grown and does well in dryer parts of the island like Kona. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

It seems just when we think we have dealt with one epidemic another pops up. The avocado lace bug caused widespread defoliation of avocado trees in 2021, and now we have a new pest attacking our native koa, wiliwili and uhiuhi.