June 21, 2013. After we asked DLNR questions (with no response), we reported our story about a tree growing from the motor of a DLNR patrol boat in Ala Wai Harbor. The next day DLNR towed the boat to a boat ramp and pulled it out of the water. However, TV
stations KHNL and KGMB were interested in our story, and they were on hand to witness, and report the story as DLNR towed the boat in.
KGMB report - July 19, 2013: What's up with DLNR boat with tree growing out of its engine?
KHON report - July 19, 2013: Mangrove tree grows out of state patrol boat sitting idle for over a year
DLNR had a number of excuses, saying they have a new boat and this one was decommissioned over a year ago (was it?).. However, why it was allowed to sit, unoperable, in the harbor for over a year, particularly when there are laws banning inoperable and derelict boats from the harbor? The boat's registration expired in April, 2012. Even the registration of the trailer they
put it on was expired. There was a lot of expensive law enforcement equipment on board the vessel and it was re-painted in the recent past. Was the boat a decoy to make it look like they were working? Were they trying to hide the boat after we first reported the story about a tree growing from the motor on our show of 7/14/13?