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City cutting down Kapiolani Park trees after bug infestation

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. HST, May 29, 2014

Tree trimmers are removing five banyan trees damaged by an invasive insect along Monsarrat Avenue at Kapiolani Regional Park.

Arborists determined the trees are so damaged that the whole tree or large branches could fall on people or cars near the Kapiolani Park bandstand parking lot.

Officials blame the lobate lac scale insect, an invasive species, which also damaged banyan trees in Thomas Square. Those trees were also taken down.

City officials said pesticides and pruning could not save the trees.

Two other trees in the area are also infested and will likely have to be removed, officials said.

No parking will be allowed in the area where the tree trimming is taking place and intermittent lane closures will be necessary, officials said.

The work should be finished by Friday.

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Kuokoa wrote:
Ban pesticides, see an increase in pests. That simple!
on May 29,2014 | 08:10AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Overuse pesticides, see an increase in resistance, see an increase in unintended consequences. That simple!
on May 29,2014 | 11:10AM
mcc wrote:
I hope they are replacing the trees that are cut down.
on May 29,2014 | 08:28AM
hilopango wrote:
I hope SA is replacing their editor. Who let a misspelling of "Kapiolani" go by them, in, of all things, the headline to the article?
on May 29,2014 | 10:05AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Sorry, their spell checker wasn't turned on.
on May 29,2014 | 03:52PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Oh man, what's next, the Zoo banyan? Queen's Surf? Hope they're keeping a close eye on the health of these matriarchs.
on May 29,2014 | 11:09AM
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