On February 20, nearly 30 volunteers came out to work with BIISC staff in treating albizia along the highway near Lava Tree State Monument. This site was once referred to as the “tree tunnel” because of the hundreds of tall albizias which formed a canopy over the road. Even before Tropical Storm Iselle toppled dozens of trees along this route, the area was known for accidents and near-misses from falling branches.
With the help of community members and staff from Hawaiian Electric Light Company (HELCO), we worked to treat the regrowing young trees along the roadside, as well as some of the larger trees seeding the area. By 1 pm the count was in: over 2,840 trees had been treated!