Oct 21, 2017
At the August Board Meeting the City and County of Honolulu presented three options regarding the repaving of Aawa Drive and preserving the monkey pod trees.
Option 1: Remove 15 monkey pod trees and plant pink tacoma trees in their place.
Option 2: Remove 1 monkey pod tree and one entire travel lane. Add a bike lane on each side and expand the planter boxes. This would allow for angle in parking.
Option 3: Remove 1 monkey pod tree. Expand all tree planters and narrow travel lanes by one foot to accommodate growing monkey pod trees. Replant previous removed monkey pod trees. Expansion of the tree planters reduces the visitor parking to one space between tree planters.
After much consideration the Board decided on Option 3. The Board collectively agreed that the canopy that the monkey pod trees produce not only make the WLF neighborhood very distinctive among the other Ewa communities but it provides shade to our walking residents and helps keep the homes on A’awa Drive cooler than what they would be without the trees. Many of the residents we have spoken to over the years have said the monkey pod tree canopy on A’awa Drive was one of the main considerations when purchasing their home in WLF. The Board reasons that removal of the A’awa monkey pod trees would have a detrimental effect on the property values of its members and understands that every decision it makes is in an effort to maintaining property values.