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The 12th Annual Wiliwili Festival will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 9am-3pm at the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve. Wiliwili are keystone species in the lowland dry forest and this year’s festival will give you the opportunity to see these beautiful trees in their natural environment! The Wiliwili Festival will feature exhibitors presenting activities and educational materials at booths set up along the preserve access road. At Hale Hana Hou, within the preserve, there will be a native plant giveaway, and opportunities to ask the experts about plant propagation, growing, and care. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well as Waikōloa Dry Forest merchandise. Guided tours of the forest will be offered throughout the day and a self-guided hike s always an option! Arrive later in the day for a chance to win a special prize!

Throughout the day we’ll have several free workshops including a presentation by Birds, Not Mosquitos to discuss the Incompatible Insect Technique to help save our native forest birds. Plant Pono specialist Molly Murphy and NARs Specialist Ande Buskirk will lead participants through the steps of planting ʻōhiʻa – from mixing media to best care practices. Each participant will take home their newly potted ohi’a with an instruction card for future care. Space for the planting workshops is limited so please register for the time slots below:

10:00am : Plant Pono Native Planting Workshop Register

12:00pm : Birds, Not Mosquitos Presentation (Open to All)

1:00pm : Plant PonoNative Planting Workshop Register

This event is located in a natural area with few improvements. Parking will be nearby and guests will walk, or catch a ride, to the preserve’s front gates. Trails are rocky and uneven, and the primary walking access is a gravel road. We will have shuttles between the parking area and the preserve’s front gate throughout the day. Quarry Road Turnoff LocationMap of Parking Area.



68-1820 Waikoloa Rd.

Waikoloa, HI 96738

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