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Trends & Talkers: Uprooting trees for the railUPDATED 8:05 PM HST May 07, 2014Video Transcript
Moving trees to make way for rail. That isn't sitting well with a lot of you. Yesterday we told you about how the transit authority will uproot up to 900 trees as it builds the elevated rail line from East Kapolei to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. However, the Outdoor Circle is giving HART high marks, because the agency is transplanting many of those trees, and planting new ones. And for some trees deemed too valuable to lose, HART actually moving rail columns by a few feet. On Facebook tonight, AnnaJeff Acogido writes that she "Think it's a big mistake. When you uproot trees that old they usually die! Too bad!" Faye Rinehart Wells says, "I think it's a disgrace and remember when there were so many white plumerias before they expanded the parking. So sad, paradise "uprooting" so many beautiful trees....My Hawaii slowly becoming just another metropolis!" But Mark Burwen counters, "All of you must not live in houses, shop at stores or drive on the roads. News flash, there used to be trees where the aforementioned things are...gasp" HART will plant about 600 completely new trees along the guideway and at 21 transit stations. We want to know what you think of the plan. Head to facebook and weigh in.