What’s Causing Coconut Trees to go Bare?

March 19, 2018, 12:53 PM HST · Updated March 19, 12:53 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments
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A native moth is munching the leaves off of our coconut trees. Entomologist, Mach Fukada from the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture says it’s nothing to worry about it however, the phenomenon can be quite striking. Details on why it’s happening and which insect you should’t be confusing it with in the video above.

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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