WAIKIKI - When a 129-year-old kiawe tree at Halekulani fell in August 2016, employees and longtime customers of the hotel were shocked. It had long stood over the stage at House Without a Key, where hula dancers sway every evening to live Hawaiian music.

The massive tree trunk was left in place on its side, fronting the ocean wall, and is sprouting. Parts of the branches, though, have taken on a new life inside the hotel.

The lobby's Sogetsu floral arrangement now uses the branches of the historic kiawe, so the iconic tree "will continue to perpetuate the living legacy as a symbol of Halekulani’s hospitality," says public relations manager Bonnie Bise.