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Dedication held for monkeypod tree in Mō‘ili‘ili Triangle

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Descendants of the Kashiwabara ‘ohana pose at the new tree during today's dedication.

Honolulu -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell was joined today by Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, officials from the department of Parks and Recreation and descendants of the Kashiwabara ‘ohana to dedicate a new monkeypod tree that has been planted in the Mō‘ili‘ili Triangle.

The dedication ceremony can be viewed on Mayor Caldwell's Facebook page by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2CvPhZX

Photos from today's event are available here.

Following efforts to revive and maintain an ailing Chinese Banyan tree located in a highly travelled area of Mōʻiliʻili, the removal of the tree in early August was deemed necessary to ensure public safety. The large banyan tree was located on the ʻEwa-side of the Mōʻiliʻili Triangle, a traffic island by University Avenue where S. King and Beretania streets diverge.

Since the beginning of this year, three large branches fell from the tree, two of which fell within a one week period spanning from late July to early August. Other branches displayed deficiencies similar to what was observed in the failed limbs. This abnormally high frequency of branch failures was attributed to the failing health of the tree, which is believed to have been caused by a combination of factors. Those include: a stubborn twig borer pest infestation, the age of the tree, and stress the tree suffered due to reduced water supply from damaged irrigation lines.

The ailing tree and the other nearby banyan tree, both believed to be over 100 years old, were treated with insecticide to battle the pest infestation as recently as April. The other banyan tree, closer to University Avenue, has not displayed signs of decay similar to its counterpart.

The tree that was removed and the one that remained both have plaques marking the special dedications that were established in April of 1994, and those plaques remain. The tree that was removed was dedicated to Kihachi and Shika Kashiwabara, said to be the first Japanese immigrants to settle in the area. The new monkeypod tree that was dedicated today now stands in honor of the couple.

The following people attended today's ceremony:

Mildred Hanuna ‘ohana

  • great-grandchildren
  • great-great granchildren

Katherine Kobayashi ‘ohana

  • great-grandchildren
  • great-great-grandchildren
  • great-great-great grandchildren

Douglas, David and Sidney Kashiwabara ‘ohanas

  • great grandchildren and the wife of the late David Kashiwabara - grandchild,
  • great grandchildren and the wife of the late Douglas Kashiwabara - grandchild,
  • great grandchildren and the wife of the late Sidney Kashiwabara, grandchild

Kamikawa family

  • grandchildren
  • great grandchildren

Other descendants who were unable to attend:

  • Etsuko Uchida, grandchild
  • Molly Kaizawa, grandchild
  • Helen Kashiwabara, wife of the late Sidney Kashiwabara, grandchild

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