Propagating ‘Iliahi

We’ve decided to propagate the endemic and currently extremely rare native Hawai’ian tree Santalum freycinetianum, known as ‘Iliahi to the Hawai’ians, also called Sandalwood.

After soaking the seeds in water for several days, the ‘Iliahi seeds are ready to plant.

It is said that when the ships of white man and other settlers first began to migrate to Hawai’i, when the native forests were still rich with diversity and endemic abundance, they could smell the islands from far off shore, this was the scent of the ‘Iliahi blossoms. We hope to be apart of the regeneration of “Iliahi, and help return it’s presence to the Leeward slopes of Haleakala.



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