Hawaii County tries to deal with threatening trees

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hilo man has spent a year trying to do something about a fast-growing, invasive tree that looms over his home.

Daniel Grant-Johnson says he's worried the albizia tree or its branches will topple down on someone.

Hawaii County has also gotten involved by filing a lawsuit in June against the property owners.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the invasive species are among the fastest growing trees in the world, which can climb up to 60 feet. Their quick growth makes them weaker than other trees, posing a risk of falling branches or whole trees.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Michael Udovic says contacting absent property owners can be difficult.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports a bill seeks to make unoccupied lot owners accountable for dangerous trees.

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