POSTED: 09:47 a.m. HST, Jul 01, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jul 01, 2010
Big Island police are investigating the destruction of more than 8,500 papaya trees in Puna, with damage estimated at $100,000.
Officers responded to the report at 10:33 a.m. yesterday at a farm near Route 132, in Alohalani.
The trees, ranging in height from 6 to 10 feet, had been cut to the ground, police said.