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Two families are breathing a sigh of relief after a massive tree came crashing down in a Wahiawa neighborhood Wednesday morning.
“My sister, she was screaming and she was like, ‘the tree!’ And she was in the kitchen and she saw the tree fall on the house,” resident Patisepa Sena said.
Most of the family was in the living room watching TV when the eucalyptus tree — estimated at 100-feet tall and close to four-feet wide — unexpectedly fell onto the three-bedroom home.
“There was the tree that punch and went through the wall to me. I was thinking if he was sleeping on that spot, he might have got hurt by that,” Sena said.
Moments earlier Pele Muliau woke her 10-month-old baby from his sleep and brought him into the living room. The area where he slept was practically crushed by the falling branches.
Neighbors on Cypress Avenue were also impacted by the massive tree.
“Two sheds flattened and it came down on our fence,” neighbor Sherry Humphrey said.
The incident caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Neighbors say they have been trying for years to get someone to maintain the trees.
“Yeah, we have called about this before and it actually had a huge hole in it and large branches about a third of the way up, and I thought it was going to break off,” neighbor Steve Humphrey said.
“We tried before to get the trees cut back and so I was calling Dole, I was calling the state, and it was never really clear,” Sherry Humphrey said.
According to Department of Land and Natural Resources officials, the land has multiple owners. But based on the City zoning maps, this particular plot of land is owned by Dole Foods, Inc.
“It’s definitely an issue this close to the trees. I mean, it’s beautiful to have them, but it can be hazardous as you can see,” Steve Humphrey said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the affected residents.
Honolulu Fire Department officials say the house was damaged pretty bad, but is still livable.
It is not yet known why the tree fell down.
Calls to Dole Foods, Inc. officials have yet to be returned.