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Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium is March 1

The 2013 Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium will highlight dry land forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawaii. The symposium is9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

The film, “A King in China: the Life of Joseph Francis Rock,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.

The symposium will feature presentations by scientists and conservationists who are working to learn about and preserve Hawaiian dryland forest plants and ecosystems. The program includes presentations on tropical dry forests in a changing world; the cultural significance of ʻohiʻa; a cultural perspective on resource management; Joseph Rock, author of “Indigenous Trees of Hawaii”; tortoises as weed control for native Hawaiian plants, and coastal plant communities. There will be presentations on pollen studies and what they can tell us about dryland forests during prehuman times; restoration at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a and the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve; and updates on naio thrips and the wiliwili gall wasp.

All are invited to attend. Registration is $70, which includes lunch. Student registration is $50. Student ID required. To download registration forms, go to E-mail registration forms to Cortney Okumura, The Kohala Center, at or fax to (808) 885-6707. For additional information, contact Okumura at 443-2757.

Admission to Thursday evening’s film is $5 and can be included with registration or paid at the door.