- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Millions of dollars are being spent trimming trees in preparation for Hawaii’s expected hurricane season.

KHON-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1czPyZY ) so far this year, Hawaii Electric Light Company has spent nearly $2 million on tree trimming in the Big Island, in the Puna, North Hilo and Hamakua Coast areas.

Workers have removed 15 Albizia trees at Lyon Arboretum in Manoa, along with native and endangered plants around them. The removal cost more than $900,000.

Albizias are the fastest growing tree in the world, but they have weak branches.

When Tropical Storm Iselle hit the Big Island last year, many Albizia trees were brought down, which knocked out power lines and blocked roads.

Arborist Steve Nimz, says getting rid of the trees can be tricky but it’s necessary during hurricane season.

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Information from: KHON-TV, https://khon.com

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