The city will cut down seven diseased and overly tall coconut palms on the grounds of Honolulu Hale this week.
The City’s Department of Facility Maintenance has contracted Imua Landscaping, Inc. for $5,037.50 to remove three trees on King Street and four on the Punchbowl Street side of the building. The palms will be replaced at a later date.
A licensed arborist recently inspected all coconut palms for stability and structural integrity and reported that the seven trees are overly tall, matured, and are leaning toward into the roadway, and recommended that they be removed for safety reasons.
In late 2014, a coconut palm on the Punchbowl Street side of Honolulu Hale fell. No property damage or injuries occurred from the incident. Twenty-six palms will remain after removing the seven trees.