Hurricane season requires special care for island trees

  • Hat racking a tree makes it more subject to insect and fungus disease. This tree weakened by poor pruning is now being further damaged by the monkeypod moth, Melipotis indomita. The caterpillar stage feeds on new leaves as they attempt to emerge. This insect can cause dieback or even death of affected monkeypod and kiawe trees. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

June 1 marks the start of the hurricane season in the tropical Pacific north of the equator. It generally lasts for six months but with global warming the storms may even develop later. According to the meteorologists studying our Hawaiian weather, it looks like a La Nina year. We will likely have fewer storms than during an El Nino year. This is due to cooler than normal ocean waters in the eastern and central Pacific this year.