HECO and partners
giving away free trees

Once again, Hawaiian Electric Co. and its Arbor Day Partners will be giving away more than 2,000 potted trees and shrubs at five Oahu sites in recognition of Arbor Day.

Trees for free

The giveaway sites:

Waianae: HECO's Kahe power plant, 92-200 Farrington Highway

Pearl City: Urban Garden Center, 962 Second St.

Honolulu: HECO Ward, 820 Ward Ave., across from the Blaisdell Center

Kailua: HECO's Koolau Baseyard, 1387 Ulupii St., across from Maunawili Elementary School

North Shore: Waimea Valley Audubon Center (formerly Waimea Falls Park), 59-864 Kamehameha Highway

The giveaway starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow, with potted trees and shrubs small enough to be carried easily by hand. Supplies are limited to one per family, and the event usually lasts for two hours.

The annual giveaway began 10 years ago to educate the public about the environmental importance of trees, as planting the right tree in the right place can lead to important energy savings on air conditioning bills. Choosing the right tree can also avoid later entanglements in overhead lines.

Experts in tree selection, planting and maintenance will be on hand at each site to offer free advice. Along with a free tree, attendees will receive a free brochure with tips on how to plant and care for their new tree or shrub, plus additional information about each of the species on this year's giveaway list.

About 20,000 trees have been distributed statewide since the giveaways started. Co-sponsors of the HECO Arbor Day program are the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, the Urban Garden Center and the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program of the State Department of Land & Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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