Verizon Wireless customers will soon get better reception in the Waihe'e and Waiehu areas. The company has been granted a special use permit to erect a 35-foot-tall cellular antenna, which will be disguised as a palm tree. It will be on agricultural land that is currently in use as an agricultural plant nursery. The antenna will be covered with fake palm branches and painted green and brown to blend in with the landscape. The fenced area around the tower's base will also be camouflaged by surrounding plants.
Residents living within 500 feet of the project were notified of the planned tower and were welcome to attend the meeting with the Maui Planning Commission. No objecting testimonies were made at the meeting. Verizon has been asked by the commission to use at least 40 percent alternative energy in powering the tower.