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The native flora of the lowland dry forest is incredibly resilient and unique with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, many of our beloved plants are threatened due to habitat loss, invasive species, wildfire, and generations of poor land stewardship. The Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve has become an important sanctuary and habitat for our native plants. Today, you can find dozens of natives thriving in the preserve!

Meet the Plants

‘A’ali’i

Dodonaea viscosa

‘Akia

Wikstromia pulcherrima

Alahe’e

Psydrax odorata

‘Aweoweo

Chenopodium oahuense

‘Āwikiwiki

Canavalia hawaiiensis

Hala pepe

Chrysodracon hawaiiensis

Hau hele ‘ula

Kokia drynarioides

Hō’awa

Pittosporum spp.

‘Iliahi

Santalum ellipticum

‘ilie’e

Plumbago zeylaniza

‘Ilima

Sida fallax

Koai’a

Acacia koaia

Kolomona

Senna gaudichaudii

Ko’oloa’ula

Abutilon menziesii

Kupali’i

Plectranthus parviflorus

Lance Fern

Doryopteris decora

Maiapilo

Capparis sandwichiana

Māmane

Sophora chrysophylla

Ma’o hau hele

Hibiscus brackenridgei

‘Ohai

Sesbania tomentosa

‘Ohe makai

Polyscias sandwicensis

Pā’ūohi’iaka

Jacquemontia ovalifolia

Pōhinahina

Vitex rotundifolia

Pua kala

Argemone glauca

‘Uhaloa

Waltheria indica

Uhiuhi

Mezoneuron kavaiense

Wiliwili

Erythrina sandwicensis
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