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100 papaya trees cut down at Hawaii island farm

    Rows of papaya trees on the Aloun Farms property Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in Kapolei. A recent bid to make the land into a subdivision for homes has the owners of Aloun Farms in a dilemma over what to do with the acreage, which was designated as one of the best agricultural spots on the island. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Some 100 papaya trees were cut down overnight Thursday at a farm in Puna on Hawaii island, police said today.

The trees were felled sometime between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. today in Kapoho off Highway 132 near the 4-mile marker, police said.

The trees were 3- to 4-feet tall and valued at $3,000, according to police

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call officer Cala Arnold at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona .

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