Letter for Friday, October 11, 2019

Shower trees in Waimea are gone

Where are all the shower trees that used to line up for a quarter of a mile at the entrance of Waimea Canyon Drive (on the west side of the drive)? Why did the state/county decide to cut them down? Those trees where there for many, many years. They used to bloom bright yellow flowers in the spring. Tourists would stop and take pictures of it in the spring.

In the winter we have our Waimea Town Christmas Parade. The parade would travel down Waimea Canyon Drive and east onto Kaumualii Highway. The shower trees used to shade those greeting the parade between 4:30 p.m. to the setting of the sun.

Now they are there no more! We (locals and tourists) will miss the beauty in the spring. I surely hope that they will replace them. It won’t be the same. What a shame.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

  1. LMat October 11, 2019 8:53 am Reply

    I had the same reaction!!! Those trees were older than me!! As a child, I remember passing all those tall, blooming trees on the way to grandma Pereira’s house up the heights. Those trees were iconic!! They were a familiar and very loved attribute of Waimea Town!! I was very very sad and angry that they were cut down and I bet all the Waimea Heights homeowners, especially the old timers, are very upset as well!!! There MUST have been a way to install that ugly black wall without ripping out such enduring and loved town relics. Who on earth gave the go ahead for that to happen…!!???

  2. paulot October 11, 2019 10:50 am Reply

    That is a shame those beautiful trees are no longer there. Why do we remove or butcher our flowering trees on the Garden Island? I remember when they butchered the rainbow shower trees on the Koloa Bypass just a few years after they were planted. Many did not live they were cut so severely.

    In my neck of the woods the beautiful mature Plumeria trees at Opaekaa falls were severely cut back a few years ago, leaving many dead. Who allows this?

    1. manawai October 11, 2019 3:14 pm Reply

      Mr. Incompetence allows it and he’s got a big family.

  3. Justmyopinion October 11, 2019 2:45 pm Reply

    It’s the attitude of the county or state that it’s easier to remove the trees than it is to have to maintain them. Trees are being cut down all over the island. Gee! Why aren’t the liberals screening about that! Doesn’t that have an affect on “climate change”.

  4. ruthann jones October 12, 2019 5:22 am Reply

    justmyopinion…the ‘liberals’ are screaming about this and it is falling on DEAF ears!

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