On Martin Luther King Day (January 17) of 2011, we met to bring closure to our efforts to save the Comose Fig tree. Meeting at the Campus Center of the University of Hawai‘i were Tessa, Perle Besserman, Leialoha and Roland Perkins, Adele Ne Jame, Jennie Peterson, Adam Williams, Carol Holverson, Keith Leber, and Pat Matsueda.
“If any tree should have been spared, it’s the Comose Fig tree. Its sheer size makes its environmental benefits more important. Planting several small trees will not make up for this tree’s ‘gifts’ for a long time. An American forester said, ‘Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.’ This one certainly did!”