KAUAI (Hawaii News Now) - A disease that's been plaguing hundreds of thousands of acres of ohia trees across the Big Island has now been detected on Kauai, state officials say.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said ohia fungus has been discovered on Kauai after several trees in the Moloaa Forest Reserve on Kauai's northeastern side were found dead.
They said the fungus is a less aggressive of the two species causing rapid ohia death on the Big Island.
Experts from both state and federal agencies, as well as non-government organizations, are investigating.
Officials say rapid ohia death has already killed 135,000 acres on the Big Island.
Before this, it had not been discovered on any other island.