When our community learned that Ulua Beach Park has been clear cut of all trees earlier this year, the outcry was how could this happen with no public knowledge? Now it appears that correct procedures were not followed by administration officials. Maui County Arborists Committee, chaired by Jordan Hart for the last time, after five years of dedicated service, advised in their monthly meeting on Wednesday (3/14/12) afternoon, that in spite of clear direction in County Code, they were never given opportunity to review and provide comment before all the trees were removed from this County property. While the Committee functions under the Parks Department, which seems contrary to Hawaii State Law, apparently it is the responsibility of the Planning Department to advise this committee of any landscape projects in public parks, and this did not happen in this instance. It is unclear what repercussions might transpire as a result of this failure to follow the Code.