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'Exceptional tree' taking exceptionally long to remove

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 09:22 a.m. HST, Nov 28, 2013

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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livinginhawaii wrote:
The tree was still alive and had plenty of green leaves. The trunk was so wide there was no way this was going to fall or be a danger to the public. Taking this one down was a huge mistake. The over paid civil servants who made this decision have no Aloha or respect for the past. This tree was planted in the year of the overthrow and it meant something special to many.
on November 28,2013 | 07:00AM
bumbye wrote:
You sound like an expert arborist. I guess they asked the wrong one for their opinion.
on November 28,2013 | 01:46PM
nitpikker wrote:
maybe so but are you going to come forward to settle a lawsuit if a branch does come crashing down? as a taxpayer i'd rather they play it safe. i know of a large earpod tree where a large branch did break off and crash down. the tree itself looks fine, green and leafy, but that one branch was eaten internally. the tree is still standing, probably because its on private property.
on November 28,2013 | 02:44PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"City project takes Longer and Costs More."

Shoots, that never happened before. Can you spell R-A-I-L?

on November 28,2013 | 07:21AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Not city but State job. But same kind of employees.
on November 28,2013 | 11:23AM
Kealaula wrote:
Auwe, what a loss. Painful.
on November 28,2013 | 09:53AM
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