Proper pruning can minimize storm damage

  • Several species of Pritchardia or Loulu handle hurricane storm winds well. Pritchardia pacifica and Pritchardia thurstoni from the South Pacific are popular. Also Royals, Coconut, Phoenix, Thrinax, Cocothrinax and scores of other species are good choices. Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today

In the past, hurricane season officially started June 1 and ended Oct. 31. As our oceans began to warm in the 20th century, the ending date for the season was extended to Nov. 30. The first tropical storm of the season already formed off Mexico in the Eastern Pacific on May 9, making it the earliest named storm on record to form in that region.