Honolulu’s Exceptional Tree Program
The Exceptional Tree Act – Act 105: In 1975 the Hawaii State Legislature found that rapid development had led to the destruction of many of the State’s exceptional trees and passed Act 105. The Act recognizes that trees are valuable for their beauty and they perform crucial ecological functions. It mandates each county to establish a County Arborist Advisory Committee which enacts regulations to protect trees of exceptional stature. Each county has its own program, set of rules and operating guidelines.
City and County of HonoluluOn Oahu, Honolulu’s Arborist Advisory Committee is overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Urban Forestry. It is a nine member committee that meets monthly, meetings are announces a week in advance. The committee includes; the Director of Planning and Permitting, one certified arborist, one landscape architect, and six specially selected individuals who demonstrate expertise in urban forestry, community beautification, or ecological sciences.
Criteria for Exceptional Tree Status
- Historic or Cultural Value
- Esthetic quality
- Endemic status