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  • COURTESY DIANA AZEVEDO
    Ridgeline formations on Haleakala accelerated winds from Tropical Storm Iselle, battering Ulupalakua with gusts of up to 80 mph and leveling swaths on non-native trees Aug. 8.

  • Trees fell onto Piilani Highway.
  • the only wild specimen in existence

  • Trees in Ulupalakua
  • damaging buildings and homes.
  • non-native trees with shallower root systems
  • winds uprooted taller
  • COURTESY MIA CHARLESTON
    This native alani tree, the only wild specimen in existence, grows in the Auwahi dryland forest on the leeward side of Haleakala, Maui. The forest escaped serious damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.
  • COURTESY DIANA AZEVEDO
    Just a short distance away in Ulupalakua, winds uprooted taller, non-native trees with shallower root systems, damaging buildings and homes.

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