Navy removes trees destroyed by coconut rhino beetles

A new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu. According to the state Department of Agriculture, the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) damages coconut trees and other palm plants.
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Photo: Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture)

Dozens of damaged trees on Oahu are being cut down Wednesday because of an invasive pest.

KHON2 has been following the destruction caused by the coconut rhinoceros beetle.

Navy officials will start removing as many as 170 trees from Mamala Bay Golf Course at Hickam Air Force Base on Wednesday.

The beetle was first discovered in December at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and has since spread west to Campbell Industrial Park.

The state has set up hundreds of traps across the island to nab the pests.


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