Hawaii Officials Confirm Fungal Tree Disease Found on Maui

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources on Tuesday confirmed the presence of Rapid Ohia Death, The Maui News reported.

A single tree on private property in east Maui was afflicted with Ceratocystis huliohia.

“This one tree is located away from other ohia trees, so this appears to be an isolated case. It will be treated immediately by torching or burning it,” said Lance DeSilva, Maui Forest Management Supervisor with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

On Maui, only Ceratocystis huliohia has been detected so far, according to state officials, who said it’s the less aggressive strain of the fungal disease.

Rapid Ohia Death has impacted vast amounts of land and thousands of trees on Hawaii Island since its detection in 2014.