Long-time Manoa resident George Takane takes his daily walks with his dog in full view of the Albizia trees deep in the valley.
"Any educated person would be fearful or watchful of tall trees hanging over their homes," said Takane.
He pointed to the large Albizia trees just up the way from where he lives, that threaten the homes around them.
"There was a high wind some years ago and this neighbor across the street had an Albizia fall down and damage the roof," said Takane.
Albizia's can grow four inches a week-- and easily reach 20 feet in the first year.
It’s best to tackle Albizia's when they are little saplings or young trees rather than wait until they become large canopied trees which can be expensive to remove.
"You are talking in the thousands of dollars to take these trees apart. And the reason for the high cost is the wood is very brittle and it is very difficult to deal with," said Joshua Altwood, state invasive species coordinator.
U.S. Forestry officials weren't kidding about Albizia's eating Puna.
All you have to do is see the damage where trees fell on houses or cars and making roads impassable thanks to Iselle's winds.
A bill introduced by big Island lawmaker Russell Rudman, asked to set aside five million to deal with the threat of trees along highways in Hilo. but failed this past session.
Lawmakers did however provide $100,000 to find a natural enemy to keep the spread of Albizias in check.
The state's invasive species committee is in the early stages of a biocontrol project to identify an insect or fungus that can do the trick.
It's never been tried before, and a solution is still years away.
"There is a lot of testing involved so is there is something we bring back that can attack Albizia, it does not attack anything else in Hawaii," said Atwood.
Albezias are native to Indonesia but area already widespread in the main Hawaiian Islands.
In light of what happened last week, state officials may be taking a closer look at the trees growing along the highways before they fall during a big storm.