2013 Arbor Day Events on Oahu

Come early for the best choice of free fruit treesSaturday, November 2

Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Hawaiian Electric Company and its partners will give away 2,700 trees and shrubs on Saturday, November 2, at six locations across the island. This year Hawaiian Electric is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Arbor Day tree giveaways.

To celebrate, the company is sponsoring 20 koa trees to be planted by the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. To join the celebration, at the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway you can enter to win a legacy koa tree that will be planted in your name.

Through the reforestation initiative, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is partnering with environmentally conscious individuals and organizations to restore 1,000 acres of historic koa forest on the Hāmākua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. If you’re selected as a winner, you’ll receive a certificate that documents the exact location of your tree.

At each Arbor Day giveaway location you can select from a variety of fruit trees, spice plants, flowering shrubs, and native plants. Featured for the first time are ‘ākia, cup and saucer, Hawaiian Flag hibiscus, wiliwili, bay leaf, dwarf wi, sour sop, and star fruit. 

Certified arborists and volunteers from Hawaiian Electric, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, U.H. Urban Garden Center, Wahiawā Botanical Garden, and Waimea Valley will be on hand to answer your questions about growing plants. They’ll also provide you with information on planting the right tree in the right place to cool your home and minimize safety hazards.

The following trees and shrubs will be given away one plant per family, while supplies last:


Fig tree

Meyer lemon

Sour sop

Bay leaf

Gardenia Aimee Yoshioka


Star fruit


Hawaiian chili


Tahitian lime


Hawaiian Flag hibiscus


Tiare gardenia

Dwarf wi

Koki'o ke'oke'o

Pua kenikeni






Click to view the Plant Selection Guide (PDF).

Click for pictures: Native Plants, Exotic Plants, Fruit Trees

Pick up your free tree or shrub at the locations and times shown below. Plan to arrive early to avoid going home empty handed.

Hawaiian Electric Kahe Power Plant – 7:00 a.m.
92-200 Farrington Highway

Pearl City:
Urban Garden Center – 7:00 a.m.
955 Kamehameha Highway

Hawaiian Electric Ward Avenue facility – 7:00 a.m.
820 Ward Avenue


Hawaiian Electric Koolau Base Yard – 7:00 a.m.
1387 Ulupii Street

Wahiawa Botanical Garden – 9:00 a.m.
1396 California Avenue

North Shore:
Waimea Valley – 9:00 a.m.
59-864 Kamehameha Highway

Bring the whole family to select your free treeThe U.H. Urban Garden Center and Waimea Valley will also be holding plant sales.




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