Hawaii environmentalists mourn the loss of a historic tree
The ironically named Weeping Fig tree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was cut down this summer.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 03:55
WEEPING STUDENTS: Protestors left this memorial to the tree where it once stood. (Photo: Sophie Gaze)
Last year, I wrote an article about a controversial debate between the Campus Center Board at the University of Hawaii and avid environmentalists. The Campus Center Board is in the process of building a new recreation center as part of the Campus Center Renovation and Expansion Project. As a result, a historic tree known as the Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) was to be cut down during Phase 2 of the project.
I only just passed this sign today and realized that, unfortunately, on Aug. 14, 2010, the battle to save the tree was lost and the Weeping Fig was cut down. A local public environment group known as the Outdoor Circle was particularly opposed to the removal of the tree.
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