Hawai‘i’s Big Tree Competition
UPDATE: Hawai‘i’s newest Big Tree National Champion is a 40 foot wiliwili tree (Erythrina sandwicensis) located in the Waikoloa Dry Forest on Hawai‘i Island. The impressive Big Tree boasts a total score of 237.84 points.
Run by American Forests, the National Big Tree competition seeks to find the biggest tree species in the United States to promote and preserve our tree species. In Hawai‘i, our goal is to educate the public about our native and culturally valuable tree species. Currently the State of Hawai‘i is seeking a champion in twenty-one tree species, listed below. The Champion Big Trees are measured based on a points system designed by American Forests using their height, circumference, and their crown spread. We encourage the public to join in our search for the biggest tree of each of these species. Can you find the next Big Tree Champion?
|Common Tree Name||Hawaiian Tree Name||Genus & Species|
|‘ōhi‘a ha||‘ōhi‘a ha||Syzygium sandwicense|
|Malaysian apple||‘ōhi‘a ai||Syzygium malaccense|
|White hibiscus||koki‘o ke‘oke‘o||Hibiscus arnottianus|
|Hibiscus||ma‘o hau hele||Hibiscus brackenridgei|
|Red Kaua‘i Hibiscus||aloalo||Hibiscus clayii|
|Hawaiian holly||kāwa‘u||Ilex anomala|
|Kolea lau nui||Kōlea lau nui||Myrsine lessertiana|
|Hawaiian olive||olopua||Nestegis sandwicensis|
|papala kepau||pāpalakēpau||Pisonia brunoniana|
|Hawaiian Sumach||nenelau||Rhus sandwicensis|
|O‘ahu prickly-ash||a‘e||Zanthoxylum oahuense|
|Paper Mulberry||wauke||Broussonetia papyrifera|
|Sea Hibiscus||hau||Hibiscus tiliaceus|
|Soapberry Wingleaf||mānele||Sapindus saponaria|
Hawai‘i currently has 10 National Big Tree Champions
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Hawai‘i is also home to the 2014 Big Tree Madness Champion
“Coco,” a towering Cocos nucifera located at the Hāwea Heiau Complex, has won this year’s Big Tree Madness. During the three-week long competition thousands of people from around the country voted for their favorite Big Tree Champion. Coco advanced through 4 elimination rounds and defeated the top 15 states before being crowned 2014’s Ultimate Big Tree.