Mayor Carlisle plants 6 trees to commemorate Arbor Day

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Peter Carlisle led the Mayor's Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Kamehameha Community Park Monday morning.

The Mayor, along with Kalihi Elementary School students and teachers and community groups, helped plant six trees to raise awareness about protecting Oahu's trees and parks.

The trees planted included two Narra, one Monkeypod, and three White Tecoma.

"I am pleased to help perpetuate the importance of trees," Mayor Carlisle said. "Trees help conserve energy, sustain our island's ecological balance and improve the quality of life for Oahu residents."

Back in June, the City removed a 60-year-old Banyan tree from the park due to safety concerns. The tree was severely damaged after someone started a fire by dumping smoldering charcoal briquettes at its base.

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