Sunset Beach Trees
This article below about Sunset Beach Trees was posted the night before.
People are really sad and at a loss to so many memories.
Families ashes are scattered around these trees. Yes erosion may have taken them away eventually… but Im sure there are a few better solutions than this one .
#Here is how they told us
Emergency palm tree removals at Sunset Beach Park will require lane closure
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF FACILITY MAINTENANCE
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Nathan Serota (808) 829-0493
Emergency palm tree removals at Sunset Beach Park (will require lane closure) Sunset Beach Trees
Makai lane of Kamehameha Highway to be closed during the removal; traffic to be contra flowed.
Some of the Date palm trees to be removed tomorrow
Sunset Beach – The emergency removal of seven Date palm trees fronting Sunset Beach Park on Oʻahu’s North Shore will require the closure of the makai lane of Kamehameha Highway for most of the day tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.
The lane closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Kē Nui Road and Hoalua Street on Kamehameha Highway.
Tree removal crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help contra flow traffic around the lane closure. This single-lane closure is expected to have a significant impact to traffic along this corridor.
The decision for the emergency removal of the trees was made by the Certified Arborists at DUF after they determined the continual undermining of the palm trees by erosion made them a hazard to the general public and motorists. Despite the palm trees being located on the makai-side of Kamehameha Highway, compromised palm trees can fall in any direction once there are structurally unsound.
DUF crews plan on removing the top and middle portions of the palms, leaving about four feet of the tree trunks and roots in the ground. This is so the roots of the tree can further help to reduce the impact of the beach erosion, while immediately reducing the potential danger to the public.
Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as “unprecedented.” In December 2017 several measures were taken to immediately mitigate the erosion damage and protect public facilities. That included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.
Since that time, some of the sand that was washed away by a series of large northeast swells has returned, but a significant drop-off still remains.
The city, state partners, and researchers are continuing to monitor the situation and take necessary action to keep the public safe. Most recently, staff with the Department of Facility Maintenance removed additional debris from the former bike path on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
We appreciate the community’s understanding as these measures are being done to ensure public safety.
Department of Parks and Recreation
City and County of Honolulu
Queen Date Palm, Phoenix Canariensis, are one of the toughest species on the planet. Even in a hurricane, these palms still don’t blow down. Those palms have to be more than 100 years old. Leaves 20 feet long growing on 50 foot massive trunks make the Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis, a highly desirable palm tree for a tropical look around entrances to patios or pools. The Canary Island date palm has been considered fairly cold hardy in lower southern states and specimens of large trees have survived in winters as far north as Columbia, South Carolina. The triangular cuts on the palm leaves are considered to be highly decorative.
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