Monsarrat Ave. back open after crews remove Banyan tree near Honolulu Zoo


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Monsarrat Ave. was completely shut down between Kalakaua Ave. and the entrance of the Waikiki Shell as crews work to uproot and remove a 45-foot-tall Banyan tree.

The tree is located on the Honolulu Zoo-side of Monsarrat Ave.

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Arborists notified emergency personnel Thursday morning after they observed the failing tree. Police were on scene directing traffic and allowed those parked in the area to get to their vehicles and leave the scene when necessary.

Certain bus routes and pickups were impacted by the street closure. Detours were as follows:

  • Routes 8, 42, & E (eastbound):
    • From Kalākaua/Monsarrat to continue on Kalākaua; turn left on Poni Moi; turn left on Paki and end on Paki Ave.
    • Route 8 to end at Paki Playground
    • Route 42 to end at Paki/Diamond Head Tennis Court
    • Route E to end at Paki/Poni Moi
  • Routes 8, 42, & E (westbound):
    • Continue on Paki and resuming regular route after crossing Monsarrat.
  • Route 23 (eastbound)
    • From Kūhiō/Kapahulu: turn left on Kapahulu; turn right on Lē‘ahi, turn left on Monsarrat; resume regular route
  • Route 24 (eastbound)
    • Regular route to Kapahulu/Ala Wai: turn right on Ala Wai; turn left on Ohua; turn left on Kuhio; turn left on Kapahulu; turn right on Lē‘ahi; turn left on Monsarrat; resume regular route.

One lane of traffic was restored around 2 p.m. and full traffic was restored as the work finished just before 3 p.m.

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