Trees help overcome sizzling temperatures

How I miss those chopped-down monkeypods once ventilating Piilani Highway at Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei. Trees overcome sizzling temperatures with three major outputs: refreshing shade; lowered ambient temperature since less heat reflects off the adjacent shaded sections; cool air discharged from the evaporation of water that is an off-shoot of photosynthesis.

I know just in passing those denuded lots, I feel not only the loss of beauty, but also the hike in heat. Perhaps the owners who decided not to pay for the trees’ irrigation bill are now paying “through the nose” for their home air-conditioning bill and will plant back some cool trees.

Jean A. Pezzoli

Kihei

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