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Banyan tree branches crash on Beretania Street

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 02, 2013


Branches from a massive banyan tree fell onto Beretania Street Sunday morning and blocked all but one lane of traffic in front of its namesake Banyan Tree Plaza condo, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.

The tree fell just before 8 a.m., and no injuries or damages were reported, Capt. James Todd of HFD said.

Todd said it's not clear what caused the branches to fall. A captain on-scene said the branches didn't appear to be rotted.

Todd said it's fortunate the accident didn't happen on a weekday when the area is packed with commuters at that time of the morning, Todd said.

The tree blocked about four lanes of the five-lane roadway, including one lane for parking, when it first fell. Todd said Firefighters worked to clear debris to reopen more lanes for cars.






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syhud wrote:
I've never seen that condo association maintain that old banyan tree.
on December 1,2013 | 10:41AM
CHEVETTE wrote:
Condo maintains the tree yearly...... Just trimmed within past six months.
on December 2,2013 | 03:52PM
bumbye wrote:
How amazing that there were no injuries or damages. I can't imagine Beretania being deserted at that time.
on December 1,2013 | 02:44PM
cojef wrote:
Would Sunday morning at 8 AM have anything to do with it? Live in Southern California and have no inking of traffic conditions in that area.
on December 2,2013 | 08:23AM
HanabataDays wrote:
That banyan was topheavy 20 years ago, just surprising it took this long for branches to start toppling. Banyan trees "expect" the lateral spread of the branches to be supported by the "flying buttress" roots that drop down from the branches and build support pillars -- since that's how they grow "in the wild". When those roots are constantly trimmed (because the branches hang way over the sidewalk and Beretania Street), sooner or later down come the branches. Doesn't take a Ouija board to see it coming.
on December 2,2013 | 03:36AM
inverse wrote:
If those branches ever fall down and seriously hurt or kill someone, the family should sue that condo for all they are worth. They know they have a serious problem but are not doing anything about it.
on December 2,2013 | 07:08AM
cojef wrote:
Are the trees on the condo's property or on the City's sidewalk??? "HanbataDays" comments on "flying buttress" is noteworthy and interesting.
on December 2,2013 | 08:28AM
CHEVETTE wrote:
The tree is definitely on condo property and maintained by the condo.
on December 2,2013 | 04:01PM
CHEVETTE wrote:
What is your source of information? The tree is maintained by the condo association, and was trimmed within the last few months. Could be mistaken, but I believe the tree is inspected yearly. I'll check it out.
on December 2,2013 | 03:58PM
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