It’s Arbor Day in Hawaii

Today is Arbor Day in Hawaii. The Aloha State celebrates the tree-planting holiday later than all other states, with the exception of South Carolina.

According to Arbor Day Hawaii, the celebration first arrived in the then-territory of Hawaii in 1905, with the governor recommending that all public schools devote part of the school day to planting trees and scrubs.

The website is a terrific resource, with information on planting the right tree in the right place, caring for existing trees and recipes using locally grown fruits and nuts.

There is also a section for locating Arbor Day events through Hawaii.

The state tree for Hawaii is the Candlenut, or Kikui, pictured at right.

The State of Hawaii is currently home to four Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Hawaii is Honolulu, population 905,000; the smallest is Schofield Barracks, population 14,428.