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Two banyan trees at Thomas Square park to be removed

By Star-Advertiser Staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:23 p.m. HST, May 20, 2014



Two banyan trees at Thomas Square Park will be removed Wednesday because of a "severe infection," city officials said.

Arborists from the city's Division of Urban Forestry determined that the trees needed to be removed because of a severe infection of the lobate lac scale — an insect that feeds on wood. The infected trees are the ones flanking the Beretania Street stairway entrance to the park.

Attempts to remediate the effects of the insect with pesticide and pruning have failed, said city spokesman Jay Parasco.

The removal will prevent large branch or full-tree failure in the heavily used park, he said.

The project is expected to be completed by May 23 and is not expected to impact traffic on the surrounding streets, he said.







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Rainbowgran wrote:
So sad these trees cannot be saved. Less big trees, less Oxygen for us humans, less cool air and less natural cleansing of the air.
on May 19,2014 | 02:36PM
nssanes wrote:
Important to plant MORE TREES. Takes time to grow, so need to plant as soon as figure out correct species. INDIGENOUS SPECIES
on May 19,2014 | 05:56PM
gmejk wrote:
I remember as a kid playing amongst those trees all those years ago. So sad that we will lose them.
on May 19,2014 | 05:58PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Just don't ever get rid of Thomas Square. Too much history there.
on May 19,2014 | 06:44PM
Anonymous wrote:
Take all the trees put 'em in a tree museum...
on May 19,2014 | 07:12PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
charg'em a dollar and a half to see'm.......
on May 19,2014 | 09:38PM
kewalosurfer wrote:
...you don't know what you've got 'til it's lost.
on May 19,2014 | 11:06PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Joni Mitchell lives!
on May 20,2014 | 06:03AM
shwshw wrote:
They paved paradise
on May 20,2014 | 01:10PM
chstephie wrote:
So glad to have so many great photo's of these trees on our trips to Oahu...they will be missed
on May 19,2014 | 09:22PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
I am skeptical that they really need to be cut down. Why don't they just fence the individual tree off for a year or two to observe them. Insects peak and die off.
on May 19,2014 | 10:35PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Armchair arboriculture is a thing now? This isn't to get rid of the pest so much as to prevent the tree from rotting and falling on someone or something.
on May 20,2014 | 03:13PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
auwe
on May 19,2014 | 10:36PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
This is nothing more than government overreaction to homelessness. What is government going to do cut all the trees down in all the parks because some people hang out by them.
on May 19,2014 | 10:37PM
Slow wrote:
Obama hates trees. Or something like that.
on May 20,2014 | 08:01AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
These must be the same over paid civil servants hat cut down the tree on Keaumoku planed by Hawaii's Princess over 100 years ago. These trees simply need to run their course naturally. If large branch failure is a potential danger just cordon off the area under the branch.
on May 20,2014 | 12:31PM
leino wrote:
I am sure that second opinions have been sought. Also sure that if our agricultural inspectors efforts are not adequately funded we will have lots more infestations of unwanted pests. I hope that the replanting of trees will be a thoughtful exercise.
on May 20,2014 | 12:46PM
gmkhawaii wrote:
Donate 'em to the OUTDOOR CIRCLE, they're TREE HUGGERS. CUT 'EM ALL DOWN !!!
on May 20,2014 | 01:45PM
gmkhawaii wrote:
Let's see, I believe that over 100 yrs. ago there wasn't that many cars so you COULD plant a tree on Keeaumoku. also if had Less trees then less OXYGEN, LESS humans, LESS pollution, LESS wars, LESS greenhouse gases, LESS POLITICIANS, LESS traffic, LESS taxes, the LESS, I mean list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and gee sounds like government.
on May 20,2014 | 01:51PM
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