Hawai‘i’s Big Tree Competition
UPDATE: Hawaiʻi’s Champion Wiliwili Tree Advances to the Elite 8
March 25, 2015
With the 2015 Big Tree Madness competition underway, Hawaiʻi’s champion wiliwili tree has earned the right to advance to the Elite 8 after emerging triumphantly over its Sweet 16 opponent on Tuesday, March 24th. Next up for wiliwili is Colorado’s Scotch pine next Monday, March 30, in the Elite 8! Voting will begin Monday morning and will close on Tuesday at 9:59AM EDT. Mahalo to those who helped to get wiliwili through its first round by voting and sharing the voting link with their friends and family. Let’s keep the ball rolling and the votes coming to get wiliwili through to the Final 4!
Vote for Hawaiʻi’s Champion Wiliwili Tree in the 2015 Big Tree Madness
Last year, Hawaiʻi’s champion “Coco” brought home the Big Tree Madness crown to the islands. This year, a beautiful wiliwili has been entered into the competition and is looking to capture the title once again. The Big Tree Madness is run by American Forests and starts with 16 champion trees selected to compete for the title, similar to the popular NCAA Basketball March Madness.
The voting link will be posted the morning of each match-up. Vote for our wiliwili on the American Forests facebook page or follow the link to American Forests from our DLNR facebook page, which will be posted the morning of the match-up.
Big Tree Competition
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 has twenty-one tree species eligible to be crowned a National Big Tree Champion, listed below. The Champion Big Trees are measured based on a point system designed by American Forests using their height, circumference, and crown spread. We encourage the public to join our search for the biggest tree of each of these species. Can you find the next Big Tree Champion?
Hawaiʻi Tree Species Eligible to be a National Big Tree Champion
|Common Tree Name||Hawaiian Tree Name||Genus & Species|
|ʻŌhiʻa ha||ʻŌhiʻa ha||Syzygium sandwicense|
|Malaysian apple||ʻŌhiʻa ai||Syzygium malaccense|
|White hibiscus||Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo||Hibiscus arnottianus|
|Hibiscus||Maʻo hau hele||Hibiscus brackenridgei|
|Red Kauaʻi hibiscus||Aloalo||Hibiscus clayii|
|Hawaiian holly||Kāwaʻu||Ilex anomala|
|Kolea lau nui||Kōlea lau nui||Myrsine lessertiana|
|Hawaiian olive||Olopua||Nestegis sandwicensis|
|Hawaiian sumach||Nenelau||Rhus sandwicensis|
|Oʻahu prickly-ash||Aʻe||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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Seeking A Champion
The Hawai‘i Big Tree Competition does not have a champion for the following Hawaiian species that are eligible for the National Big Tree Program. Therefore, any tree nominated from the following list will likely be crowned a champion.
|Hawaiian Tree Name||Genus & Species|
|ʻŌhiʻa ha||Syzygium sandwicense|
|ʻŌhiʻa ai||Syzygium malaccense|
|Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo||Hibiscus arnottianus|
|Maʻo hau hele||Hibiscus brackenridgei|
Hawai‘i 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.
Nominate A Tree
To nominate a tree, contact Hawai‘i Big Tree coordinator at 808-587-0164 and provide the tree height, trunk circumference, and average crown spread. Also, please know your tree’s specific location (GPS coordinates are appreciated).
For more on the National Big Tree Program: www.americanforests.org/bigtrees/bigtrees-search/