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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2005
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City plans to move fewer than one-fourth of the 350 trees it maintains along
The City Department of Parks and Recreation will arrange for a contractor to take at least 80 of the trees out. All but four are expected to be replanted elsewhere. The other four are rainbow shower trees. Three of them are damaged or diseased, the other is dead. The City will still maintain at least 265 trees along
“It’s important to note that the City had only 73 trees on
Hannemann said, “In its efforts to beautify
The trees and the construction of a median make Kuhio difficult to negotiate for large vehicles, block access for emergency vehicles and create pedestrian and driving hazards and other problems.
The survey also found a few of the trees are damaged or, in some cases, were planted so close together that they will crowd each other out as they mature.
Lester K.C. Chang, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and his staff are working closely with the
Chang and leaders of the
They agreed that nine of the 22 monkeypod trees planted last year should be removed. Seven of those will be replaced with rainbow shower trees that are removed from other locations along Kuhio. The other 13 newly planted monkeypods are still under discussion. The options include leaving them in place; removing five of them, or replacing all 13 with shower trees. The four monkeypods that were already along
The City plans to relocate at least 77 rainbow shower trees. At least seven of them will replace monkeypod trees along
In addition to the
* -- Seven monkeypod trees will be replaced with rainbow shower trees from among the 77 that are being displaced.
** -- The original four monkeypod trees will stay in place. Of the 13 remaining newly planted monkeypod trees, discussion is under way with the
Lester K.C. Chang, Director of Parks and Recreation, 692-5585
|Friday, April 15, 2005|