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Punahou St. reopened, but crews to finish clearing fallen banyan tree

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

City crews with the Urban Forestry Division have been cutting apart and removing parts of a huge banyan tree that fell onto Punahou Street around 11 p.m. Monday night.

Police say no one was hurt when a portion of the tree came down, but it did damage a bus stop nearby. A sign has been posted redirecting bus riders to the next closest stop. Riders should also check with Oahu Transit Services for any route changes.

Honolulu police earlier closed one town-bound lane on Punahou Street at Dole Street around the work site. However, it was reopened at around 5:30 a.m. and crews will wait until after the morning commute to avoid additional traffic congestion that might result from a closure.

It's unclear how much longer crews will be working, but yellow tape has blocked off Punahou Square Park underneath the Banyan tree for public access to the potentially hazardous area until further notice.

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