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KCC Earth Matters lecture series

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and Kauai Community College (KCC) partnership continues on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. with the second in the Earth Matters Public Lecture Series at the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria.

Join NTBG's Seed Bank Manager Dustin Wolkis as he discusses how Kauai is preparing to combat the spread of Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). ROD is a disease caused by newly identified fungal pathogens currently decimating large areas of ohia lehua (Metrosideros spp.) forest on Hawaii island.

Dustin will shed light on how Kauai is mitigating the impacts of ROD. Dustin will also talk about efforts to collect genetic material for preservation in the Hawaii Seed Bank Partnership, part of the E Mau Ana Ka Ohia (Perpetuating Ohia) project which is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The Earth Matters public lecture series is being offered at the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria (behind the Performing Arts Center), Kauai Community College, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, Hawaii.

For questions about accessibility or to request special accommodations, please contact: Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324 Ext 225 at least ten days in advance.

Earth Matters is one of many collaborations between the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College. Both NTBG and KCC share a common goal of quality education to truly change lives.

NTBG is a not-for-profit institution, headquartered in Kalaheo. KCC, which is part of the University of Hawaii system, operates a large campus in Lihue., Kauai. For information on the institutions, visit their respective websites at and

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