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(Mon., Nov. 15, 2010)—Mayor Peter Carlisle helped plant six new trees in Kamehameha Community Park today to commemorate Arbor Day and raise awareness about protecting Oahu’s trees and parks.


            “I am pleased to help perpetuate the importance of trees,” Carlisle said at the Mayor’s Annual Arbor Day Ceremony, which included students and teachers from Kalihi Elementary School, community groups, and the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Trees help conserve energy, sustain our island’s ecological balance and improve the quality of life for Oahu residents.”


The City had to remove a majestic 60-year-old Banyan tree from the park in June for safety reasons, after it was severely damaged by fire when someone carelessly dumped smoldering charcoal briquettes at its base.


The six trees planted today included two Narra, one Monkeypod, and three White Tecoma.


Carlisle proclaimed today Kalihi Elementary School Arbor Day in Honolulu, in honor of the school’s efforts to promote environmental learning and protection.


The City and County of Honolulu has celebrated Arbor Day for 105 years, and has been a certified Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 29 years. Hawaii’s State Tree is the Kukui.


Arbor Day was initiated in Nebraska in 1872, making this year the occasion’s 138th anniversary.


The specific date for Arbor Day varies from state to state, and National Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. Many other countries now celebrate Arbor Day or a similar occasion to encourage the planting of trees and good stewardship of the environment.




Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.