Maui News - Kihei resident Marilyn Colvin is happy to see the four monkey pod trees that she nominated to the county's "exceptional trees" list will be considered in the Maui County Council's Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee this month.
The nomination has been approved by the Maui County Arborist Committee. The trees first drew attention when they were slated for removal due to damage caused by the root systems to the sidewalk along South Kihei Road. The trees front Maui Schooner Resort.
Initial plans to cut the trees were halted by local activists and the Arborist Committee last year. The sidewalk was removed, and plans have been made to rebuild an elevated platform to accommodate the root system.
County spokesman Rod Antone said the nomination is not likely to save the trees, however. County Arborist David Sakoda raised concerns about the instability of the trees due to the root systems, which extend under the road and are susceptible to damage during roadwork.