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Hawaii Kai palm named top tree in U.S.

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014

A 112-foot tall palm tree in Hawaii Kai is the winner of top honors in a national tree contest.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday the tree nicknamed "Coco" received 64 percent of the votes cast in the final round of American Forests' Big Tree Madness contest.

The palm beat the "Big Sassy Bassword" tree from Missouri, which won 36 percent of the vote.

"Coco" is at the Hawea Heiau Complex on Oahu's east side.

Department Chairman William Aila says the palm appears like a guardian over the area. In addition to a heiau, the complex has petroglyphs, an ancient niu or coconut grove, agricultural terraces, a spring, ancient walls and an altar.

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Slow wrote:
Nice tree. Would have been nice if the location.
on April 8,2014 | 07:05AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Who votes in these things anyway?
on April 8,2014 | 07:07AM
Slow wrote:
Apologies to all. Got a call from my son. Anyways, I just did some research. Thank goodness some akamai citizens stepped up and saved this bit of native culture before developers made it into tennis courts for the expensive condo owners nearby. Now let's pave Kaka'ako makai. We don't want a boring coastline. We want OHA 400 foot condos. Highest and best use, baby! Ask Neal. Then dump Neal.
on April 8,2014 | 07:21AM
lokela wrote:
Yeah. Did not know there was such a thing as a tree contest.
on April 8,2014 | 07:22AM
Manu Oo wrote:
Mr. William Aila, mahalo for your touching thoughts of "Coco".
on April 8,2014 | 08:05AM
primowarrior wrote:
I've visited the heiau once before but I didn't know this tree was someone special.
on April 8,2014 | 09:24AM
lowtone123 wrote:
We're #1, we're #1!!!
on April 8,2014 | 09:32AM
sailfish1 wrote:
What's so special about this tree?
on April 8,2014 | 10:46AM
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