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‘Exceptional tree’ taking exceptionally long to remove

  • CRAIG GIMA & BRUCE ASATOA '"before" picture taken Nov. 20  (left) shows an earpod tree on the Department of Agriculture grounds before workers began cutting it down. The photo on the right shows the stump that's left today.  The removal of the earpod tree, which was more than 120 years old, should allow the large tree behind it to grow out. CLICK HERE: ENLARGE CHART
    CRAIG GIMA & BRUCE ASATO
    A '"before" picture taken Nov. 20 (left) shows an earpod tree on the Department of Agriculture grounds before workers began cutting it down. The photo on the right shows the stump that's left today. The removal of the earpod tree, which was more than 120 years old, should allow the large tree behind it to grow out. CLICK HERE: ENLARGE CHART
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM2013 November 27 WDA - Tree Down - Work crews recently cut down a large tree near the Dept. of Agriculture because it posed a danger of falling. This is the site near Keeaumoku St. after the tree was removed. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2013 November 27 WDA - Tree Down - Work crews recently cut down a large tree near the Dept. of Agriculture because it posed a danger of falling. This is the site near Keeaumoku St. after the tree was removed. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
  • CRAIG GIMA /CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMThis photo taken Saturday shows a large earpod tree with only its trunk remaining after three days of work to cut it down.
    CRAIG GIMA /CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    This photo taken Saturday shows a large earpod tree with only its trunk remaining after three days of work to cut it down.
  • CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMThis '"before" picture taken Nov. 20 shows an earpod tree on the Department of Agriculture grounds before workers began cutting it down.
    CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    This '"before" picture taken Nov. 20 shows an earpod tree on the Department of Agriculture grounds before workers began cutting it down.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM2013 November 27 WDA - Tree Down - Work crews recently cut down a large tree near the Dept. of Agriculture because it posed a danger of falling. This is the site near Keeaumoku St. after the tree was removed. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2013 November 27 WDA - Tree Down - Work crews recently cut down a large tree near the Dept. of Agriculture because it posed a danger of falling. This is the site near Keeaumoku St. after the tree was removed. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

It’s going to take a little longer to completely remove the stump of a large earpod tree next to Keeaumoku Street on the grounds of the Department of Agriculture.

Workers began taking down the tree on Nov. 20, but after more than a week, park of the stump is still in the ground and the contractor will need to get another permit to close a lane of Keeaumoku Street to complete the removal, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said.

The current permit expired Wednesday.

The tree was more than 120 years old and had been designated an exceptional tree by the City and County of Honolulu.

Two certified arborists determined the tree posed a potential hazard to the public because of extensive internal decay and a contractor was hired to take it down.

A mauka-bound lane of Keeaumoku Street was closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the removal process.

RJ Yahiku, a spokesman for the Department of Accounting and General Services, said the tree will not be replaced. The removal should allow other large trees around it to grow out, he said.

Yahiku said some of the wood from the tree will go to a woodworking cooperative.

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