Wiliwili Festival mixes fun and education

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<p>Summer Johnson and Ally Nisenoff help with the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative booth, where browsers could find seedlings of koa, wiliwili and a’ali’i, plus T-shirts, calendars and more. A beautiful day and a great crowd made for a successful Wiliwili Festival at Waikoloa School on Saturday, Sept. 14, with custom “wiliwili” cheers, live music, workshops, community information booths, plate lunches from Waikoloa Village Market and more. The event was presented by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative to preserve and nurture endangered legacy trees in their native environment. For more information, visit www.waikoladryforest.org. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>
<p>Visitors enjoy the climbing tower at the Wiliwili Festival. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>
<p>Waikoloa cheerleaders composed special cheers about wiliwili trees just for the festival at Waikoloa School. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>
<p>Visitors had an opportunity to color pictures at the festival. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Summer Johnson and Ally Nisenoff help with the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative booth, where browsers could find seedlings of koa, wiliwili and a’ali’i, plus T-shirts, calendars and more. A beautiful day and a great crowd made for a successful Wiliwili Festival at Waikoloa School on Saturday, Sept. 14, with custom “wiliwili” cheers, live music, workshops, community information booths, plate lunches from Waikoloa Village Market and more. The event was presented by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative to preserve and nurture endangered legacy trees in their native environment. For more information, visit www.waikoladryforest.org. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Visitors enjoy the climbing tower at the Wiliwili Festival. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Waikoloa cheerleaders composed special cheers about wiliwili trees just for the festival at Waikoloa School. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Visitors had an opportunity to color pictures at the festival. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

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