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Trees for Arbor Day

by Shelly Awaya, News editor


Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and its Arbor Day partners will be giving away more than 2,000 potted trees and shrubs at five O‘ahu sites on Saturday morning, Nov. 6.


This annual giveaway began 11 years ago to educate the public about the importance of trees in Hawai‘i’s environment. Planting the right tree in the right place can save money on air conditioning bills, and can also avoid entanglement with power lines.

HECO’s partners are the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program of the state of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, and the Waimea Valley Audubon Center.

The potted trees and shrubs being given away can be carried easily by hand, but supplies are limited to one per family, and the giveaway usually lasts for only a couple of hours. Brochures will be provided for each family, which details every tree or shrub’s traits, and how to plant and care for it.

Janet Crawford, HECO’s communications consultant, said although a lot of the trees being given away grow quite tall and large, there will be a couple of options for HPU students who are dorming. “There are some shrubs that grow up to six feet, namely the sleeping hibiscus,” she said.

"The smaller shrubs would work best, especially if you have to put it out on a lanai. The arborists at each site will be more than happy to help you choose the right plant.”

Trees are Free on Arbor Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, and 7 a.m. at the other locations.

Trees are Free on Arbor Day distribution sites:

Wai‘anae: HECO’s Kahe Power Plant
92-200 Farrington Highway

Pearl City: Urban Garden Center
955 Kamehameha Highway
(Entrance: Home Depot’s parking lot)

Honolulu: HECO’s Ward Avenue Facility
820 Ward Avenue
(Across from Neal Blaisdell Center)

Kailua: HECO’s Koolau Baseyard
1387 Ulupii Street
(Across from Maunawili Elementary)

North Shore: Waimea Valley Audubon Center
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
(The former Waimea Falls Park)



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