2 trees planted in Mililani to celebrate Arbor Day

Published On: Nov 01 2013 04:08:07 PM HST

Brandon Au/u local

MILILANI, Hawaii -

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was joined by students from Kipapa Elementary School to celebrate Arbor Day in Hawaii.

Mayor Caldwell also proclaimed Nov. 1, 2013 as "Kipapa Elementary School Arbor Day."

They gathered Friday at Kipapa Neighborhood Park.  The students helped the mayor and Department of Parks and Recreation celebrate by planting two new pak lan trees in the park.

This is the same park where the city was recently forced to remove a tree that was vandalized and killed.  Mayor Caldwell held a press conference on Aug. 23 to raise awareness of the illegal destruction of that tree valued at $19,000 and removed at taxpayer expense.

Arbor Day is of particular significance in Honolulu. The city has been celebrating the holiday for 108 years, and the National Arbor Day Foundation has certified Honolulu as a "Tree City USA" for 32 years.

Arbor Day in Hawaii is the first Friday in November, according to The Arbor Day Foundation.

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