What is Hawaii without the coconut tree? Not much hawaii really, and yet year after year, more trees are cut down by the county without any being replanted. Why? Tree trimming cost and liability for injury seem to be popular reasons, but the truth is they are unbiquitous with our tropical paradise. Food, shelter and a unique micro biotic community are just some of the fabulous benefits that accompany the ultra tropical coconut palm. Please tell the county, plant coconut trees! Stop cutting them down and over trimming them. Coconut palms cannot be trimmed beyond horizontal without permanent injury to their health. Trim them only minimally and plant more than you cut! 30 trees are marked with a red dot across from Cronies Bar and Grill in downtown Hilo. Does anyone want a shoreline without coco palms? I think not.