Menacing Miconia: In the wake of hurricane Iselle, all eyes have been focused on the substantial damages caused by falling albizia trees, with little attention paid to Miconia calvescens. Yet near Onomea, ground zero of the miconia infestation on the Big Island, landslides in areas heavily infested with miconia tend to bear out concerns that what happened in Tahiti, where entire mountain slopes were destabilized once shallow-rooted miconia had shaded out native vegetation, could happen here as well.
After Iselle, stretches of the old Mamalahoa Highway, known as the four-mile Scenic Drive through Onomea, were blocked by trunks . . .
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