By Paul Drewes
HONOLULU (KHNL) - If you can't see the forest for the trees, then maybe its time you got back to nature to take a closer look at those trees.
Some are doing that to prepare for Arbor Day.
At Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu, there is a quiet calm that goes along with a walk in the woods.
Time seems to go a little slower here, it does for the trees.
Some of which have been around for hundreds of years.
Many provide shade, or offer up their fruit, and this Bo tree even helped enlighten Buddha.
"For me they provide beauty, if i'm having a bad day look outside and look at a tree and already I'm feeling better." says Botanist, Naomi Hoffman.
While the lush tree lined pathway provides a scenic spot, these trees also are important to the health of our environment.
They provide shade for us, they clean the air for us and their roots hold soil in place, preventing erosion.
But oahu is getting away from its green past and some native trees are losing ground and habitat to new development.
"There's always more buildings, businesses, homes going in and trees are cut down." says Hoffman.
But Arbor Day is a day to change that, around the country trees are planted and people are urged to reconnect with a large part of nature that is very often overlooked.
"On Arbor Day you can think back to trees that you remember from your childhood, go visit them and hopefully they'll still be there." adds Hoffman.
This Saturday, Hawaiian Electric and its partners will be giving away 2,600 native and exotic trees and shrubs on Oahu.
And for a listing of where you can pick up your trees, click on the Arbor Day Hawaii link above.