Wiliwili Festival

Posted on Feb 1, 2023 in Events, News & Events

The 12th Annual Wiliwili Festival will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 9 am-3 pm at the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve. Wiliwili are keystone species in the lowland dry forest and this year’s festival will give you the opportunity to see these beautiful trees in their natural environment! The Wiliwili Festival will feature exhibitors presenting activities and educational materials at booths set up along the preserve access road. At Hale Hana Hou, within the preserve, there will be a native plant giveaway, and opportunities to ask the experts about plant propagation, growing, and care. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well as Waikōloa Dry Forest merchandise. Guided tours of the forest will be offered throughout the day and a self-guided hike s always an option! Arrive later in the day for a chance to win a special prize!

Throughout the day we’ll have several free workshops including a presentation by Birds, Not Mosquitos to discuss the Incompatible Insect Technique to help save our native forest birds. Big Island Invasive Species Committee will also offer two workshops where participants can learn how to grow and care for ‘ōhi’a trees and take one home! Space for the planting workshops is limited so please register for the time slots below:

10:00am : BIISC Native Planting Workshop Register

12:00pm : Birds, Not Mosquitos Presentation (Open to All)

1:00pm : BIISC Native Planting Workshop Register

This event is located in a natural area with few improvements. Parking will be nearby and guests will walk, or catch a ride, to the preserve’s front gates. Trails are rocky and uneven, and the primary walking access is a gravel road. We will have shuttles between the parking area and the preserve’s front gate throughout the day.