Tour of exceptional trees set in Wailuku

Maui Green & Beautiful will present the seventh annual Malama the Trees on Saturday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the front lawn of the Kalana O Maui building at 200 S. High St. in Wailuku.

The free guided educational walk through the Wailuku urban forest is in honor of Maui County Exceptional Trees of Wailuku and is co-sponsored by the Aloha Arborist Association.

The event begins with an educational talk at 9 a.m. with certified arborists Joe Mellone, Terry Nutt, Ryan Wilson and Adam Wright.

Topics covered will be introducing the five Wailuku Exceptional Trees of Maui County and what makes the trees exceptional, tree biology, plant health care, the benefits of trees, pruning trees and palms properly and how “topping” trees is wrong and unhealthy to trees, plus why it is important to hire a certified arborist.

Maui Green & Beautiful president and certified arborist Elaine Malina will speak about the Maui County Planting Plan, a 200-plus-page document that covers everything about trees to native plants, composed by Maui’s own internationally recognized tree expert Ernest Rezents.

Malina will also discuss how trees comprise green infrastructure and the hope that future ordinances will protect healthy mature trees from being removed.

After the presentation, the certified arborists will guide small groups of participants through the urban forest of Wailuku, introducing the exceptional trees and sharing more information on the topics covered earlier.

The walk is about 0.75 mile on uneven surfaces. Sturdy, comfortable shoes are recommended and participants should bring water, sunscreen and rain gear depending on the weather conditions.

For more information, go to or contact or 879-9169.