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            The City will remove a decaying earpod tree, located at the Ewa-makai corner of Thomas Square, on Tuesday, April 1, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

             The two mauka lanes on South King Street will be blocked, from Ward Avenue to Victoria Street.  Pedestrians should find other routes because the sidewalk on Ward Avenue and South King Street will be blocked for safety purposes.

             The tree, which may be 75 years old, has been deteriorating for several years.  The City lightened the canopy in July 2007, at which time the pruning contractor discovered a cavity in the trunk.  An arborist inspected the cavity and recommended removal of the tree.  The City then had the arborist use resistograph testing, in which holes are drilled in the trunk and an electronic reading produced.  The findings reconfirmed the earlier recommendation.

             Lester Chang, Parks Director, said, “We’re always reluctant to remove a tree, particularly one as prominent as this one.  But trees do have a life span and we’re very concerned that the size of the cavity means the tree poses a danger to public safety and property.  That’s why we’re taking what we consider the only prudent course of action.”

             The Outdoor Circle was consulted and a representative of the group inspected the tree.

            The City will plant a replacement tree on the site.


Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Monday, March 31, 2008

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