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City removing banyan tree in Kailua

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:38 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2013

A city contractor will remove today a diseased banyan tree growing from a planter in the middle of the parking lot shared by the Kailua Library and Kailua District Park.

Municipal arborists working for the city's Division of Urban Forestry said the tree's health has declined due to an insect infestation.  

A city spokesman said the tree was removed because of the threat of falling branches.

The city intends to replace the tree.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Don't replace the tree. The root system will cause mor e damage in the long run. A nice area with low lying plants would be just fine, something that takes minimal maintenance.
on November 19,2013 | 08:10AM
63crusader wrote:
On May 11, 1957 Kailua Elementary School's main building burned down. It was also the day that the Pali Tunnels Opened. On that day (Saturday) while the firemen fought the fire students ran into the building and the school library and saved the books. We carried them over to the Big Banyan Tree and stacked them up. Sorry to see it go.
on November 19,2013 | 08:22AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Interesting story. Thanks for the History lesson. I don't want to see another tree there but a little plaque relating the story you just told would be nice.
on November 19,2013 | 10:59AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
nice story! good job students!
on November 19,2013 | 11:45AM
DaMenace168 wrote:
Just let the grass grow in. Who's going to pay for the maintenance and removal of the next tree. State/City maintenance crews can barely keep up with cutting the grass in the medians, let alone care for a tree. Funny how these "tree huggers" such as Outdoor Circle & Sierra Club wants to preserve the land, but not willing to share in the cost of maintenance of the green belts or liabilities when a tree falls and hurts/kills someone.
on November 19,2013 | 10:43AM
islandsun wrote:
While you at why not cut down all the city owned trees, the public wants it real hot outside.
on November 19,2013 | 12:08PM
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