'Extinct' plant found on Big Island

Oha wai
Oha wai

KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A plant once thought to be extinct has been found on the Big Island.

According to officials, the oha wai is one of the world's rarest plants.

It was presumed extinct in 1994, but was discovered last summer in a North Kohala upland forest.

About 30 oha wai adults and seedlings have been located.

The Kohala Watershed Partnership has received a federal grant to protect and restore the endangered plant.

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