HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Crews are removing several large trees that could pose a danger to air traffic at Hilo International Airport.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the State Department of Transportation found that a 70-foot banyan and several mango trees were too tall and becoming a safety issue.
A DOT spokesman says the tree removals were scheduled to happen earlier but delayed because of bad weather. Removal of the banyan began Tuesday.
That tree had grown not only too tall but too wide. Spokesman Tim Sakahara says it also became a magnet for unwanted behavior. A stabbing occurred under its branches and it was a popular spot for people drinking alcohol.