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  • Hawaiian Electric Oahu Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

  • Type: Special Event
    Date: Saturday - 11/4/2017
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O‘ahu 2017 Arbor Day Events

Celebrate Arbor Day!

Pick up a free tree or shrub at the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, at 9 a.m., on Saturday, November 4, at six locations across O‘ahu.

This marks the 25th year that Hawaiian Electric has been celebrating Arbor Day, and the organizers of the giveaway have selected some of the most popular plants to propagate for the event. Our residents love native plants and flowering shrubs and trees. And they also love fruit trees. Seven fruit trees plus the Hawaiian chili pepper plant will be given away, but you had better arrive early to get your best pick.

Hawaiian Electric together with the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, U.H. Urban Garden Center, Wahiawā Botanical Garden, and Waimea Valley will give away 500 plants per site. A total of 3,000 trees and shrubs, one per family, will be given away at the following locations--all starting at 9 a.m.

Wai‘anae: Hawaiian Electric Kahe Power Plant

Pearl City: Urban Garden Center

Honolulu: McKinley High/Community School for Adults

Kailua: Hawaiian Electric Koolau Base Yard

Wahiawā: Wahiawā Botanical Garden

Hale‘iwa: Waimea Valley


Arborists and O‘ahu Master Gardeners will be on site to answer the public's gardening questions. Representatives from the Future Farmers of America, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Mālama Learning Center, and Outdoor Circle will be at select giveaway sites. The Urban Garden Center and Waimea Valley will also be holding plant sales.

The following trees and shrubs will be given away one plant per family, while supplies last.

  • Areca palm Dypsis lutescens
  • Calamondin Citrus madurensis
  • Dwarf vi Spondias dulcis
  • Fig tree Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey'
  • Hawaiian chili pepper Capsicum annuum
  • ‘Ilima Kula Sida fallax
  • Koki'o ‘ula ‘ula Hibiscus kokio
  • Lemon drop mangosteen Garcinia intermedia
  • Ma‘o hau hele Hibiscus brackenridgei
  • Meyer lemon Citrus x meyeri ‘Meyer'
  • Miracle berry Synsepalum dulcificum
  • Nānū, na‘u Gardenia brighamii
  • Pua kenikeni Fagraea berteroana
  • Tahitian lime Citrus latifolia
  • Tiare Gardenia taitensis

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Note these Arbor Day giveaway locations and times, and plan to line up early.

Six Locations on Oahu

The Arbor Day tree giveaway will take place at these six sites. All giveaway sites will open at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive early to get the best selection.


Hawaiian Electric Kahe Power Plant

92-200 Farrington Highway


Pearl City

U.H. Urban Garden Center

955 Kamehameha Highway



McKinley High/Community School

634 Pensacola Street



Hawaiian Electric Ko‘olau Base Yard

1387 Ulupi‘i Street



Wahiawā Botanical Garden

1396 California Avenue



Waimea Valley

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.


While Arbor day is officially commemorated in Hawai‘i on the first Friday in November, environmentally conscious organizations across the state celebrate Arbor Day on the following Saturday. For maps of the giveaway locations and a list of the plants being given away, go to



For complete information on the plants to be given away, go to, or call Hawaiian Electric at 543-7511.

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For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.


Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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