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City will cut down decaying ironwood trees in Kapiolani Park

  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA2012030-0520 CTY TREES
A Division of Urban Forestry contractor began pruning historic ironwood trees located along both sides and in the median of Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapahulu Avenue to the end at the grove in Kapiolani Park (on Monday, October 29, 2012).  Work is expected to last several weeks, as more than 400 trees are affected.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  OCT. 30, 2012.
2012030-0520 CTY TREES
A Division of Urban Forestry contractor began pruning historic ironwood trees located along both sides and in the median of Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapahulu Avenue to the end at the grove in Kapiolani Park (on Monday, October 29, 2012).  Work is expected to last several weeks, as more than 400 trees are affected.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  OCT. 30, 2012.
    PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA
    2012030-0520 CTY TREES A Division of Urban Forestry contractor began pruning historic ironwood trees located along both sides and in the median of Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapahulu Avenue to the end at the grove in Kapiolani Park (on Monday, October 29, 2012). Work is expected to last several weeks, as more than 400 trees are affected. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. OCT. 30, 2012. 2012030-0520 CTY TREES A Division of Urban Forestry contractor began pruning historic ironwood trees located along both sides and in the median of Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapahulu Avenue to the end at the grove in Kapiolani Park (on Monday, October 29, 2012). Work is expected to last several weeks, as more than 400 trees are affected. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. OCT. 30, 2012.

A contractor will remove five decaying ironwood trees near the Kapiolani Park bandstand on Tuesday.

Municipal arborists from the city’s Division of Urban Forestry have noted a decline in the health of the trees over the past several years because of the tree’s age.

The city says the trees are “severely decayed” and removal is ncessary because of the threat of the trees falling over or large branches falling.

New ironwood trees will be planted in the same locations.

Many of the ironwood trees are over 100 years old.

In 1890, Archibald Cleghorn, the father of Princess Kaiulani, planted about 250 trees in the park, including the trees that line the former carriage path through the park.

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