I visited the site and saw there has been some attempt to repair the sidewalk, and that the sidewalk appears to be raised by about three inches in a couple of places. Some material used as patches obviously is not intended for sidewalks and appears to be more hazardous to foot traffic than the sidewalk itself.
Time is of the essence for us to find alternatives to cutting these trees. Mr. Sakoda said there are no lawsuits against the county because of the trees and there are no alternatives to mitigate the problem. Also, I believe there may be pressure to cut from the adjoining condos whose owners live elsewhere.
Why can’t these trees qualify as “exceptional trees,” thereby protecting them, as are many trees on Maui?
Realistically, the road itself is deplorable, so why are we using valuable resources to cut trees, even though their roots will remain for years. If there is pressure coming from condos to axe the trees, we need more than ever to study alternatives before destroying the local landscape.
Please save these trees before it is too late.