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City will cut down decaying ironwood trees in Kapiolani Park

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:48 p.m. HST, Jan 19, 2014

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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kuewa wrote:
Why do they need to be cut down? If they are simply trimmed down to remove the older and decaying sections, the tress will re-grow. This would seem to be a better way to preserve the natural beauty and part of our history.
on January 20,2014 | 02:41AM
onevoice82 wrote:
The trunks of the trees are decayed, not the branches! Many are hollow inside too. I believe ironwood trees need to be permanently removed as they decay. Do not re-plant non-indigenous trees that never belonged here to begin with!
on January 20,2014 | 04:23AM
rayhawaii wrote:
The old trees should be grafted first if not already done so, then the historic trees could have a second life and live into history for another 100 plus years.
on January 20,2014 | 04:27AM
NHEC wrote:
I am VERY happy to hear that these non-native trees will be taken down, regardless of its historic connection, but why plant more introduced trees??? The city should be replanting native trees that were found growing in that area originally! Bring back the trees that actually belong to our 'āina, stop planting/replanting ugly non-indigenous trees!
on January 20,2014 | 08:50AM
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