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(Thurs., July 8, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today presided over a tree-planting ceremony at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center to honor Fasi and two other previous mayors who figured prominently in the city’s history.


            “The City and County of Honolulu has planted thousands of trees on our island over the years, and we’re continuing that great legacy today,” Hannemann said. “Trees are vital to our natural environment, and they’re sources of great beauty that are enjoyed by everyone.”


            To honor Mayor Joseph James Fern, who was elected in 1909 as Honolulu’s first mayor, a Rainbow Shower Tree was planted near the Municipal Records and Reference Center.  Representing Fern were his great grand nieces, Lisa Parker and Kapua Roberts; Michele Fukumoto, vice principal of Fern Elementary School, which Hannemann attended; and former Fern Elementary students Jeffrey Coelho, Dennis Enomoto and Nua Memea, Hannemann’s sister.


            To honor Mayor Neal Shaw Blaisdell, who served from 1955 to 1968, a Wilhelmina Tenney Rainbow Shower Tree was planted near the Fasi Municipal Building. In 1965, Blaisdell proposed the adoption of the Wilhelmina Tenney Rainbow Shower Tree as the official tree of Honolulu, and the City Council approved the proposal. The tree was selected because of the excellence of its growth, leaf retention, abundance of flowers, length of flowering and flower color. Representing Blaisdell were his daughter, Marilyn Ane, and her children (Blaisdell’s grandchildren) Kale Ane and Malia Ane.


            To honor Mayor Frank F. Fasi, who was first elected in 1969 and became Honolulu’s longest-serving mayor after serving 22 years, another Rainbow Shower Tree was planted near the Municipal Records and Reference Center. Fasi was instrumental in establishing the Civic Center complex that now bears his name. Representing Fasi was his wife, Joyce Fasi and his sons Frank Jr., Chuck, and Sal.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928