If you are spending Christmas in Hawaii, then you are likely going to want a Christmas tree. When shopping for a Christmas tree in the islands, you may find your choices are a little different and somewhat limited, so we thought a little information might help you with your choice. Fresh trees are already arriving from the mainland, and these trees are carefully inspected for unwanted pests before being sold in stores. If you desire a “traditional” tree with the smell of spruce or fir, then you will want to shop early as the number of these trees available can be limited and often goes fast!
However, there are other options. Believe it or not, there are actually Christmas tree farms on Oahu! You can go and choose a live tree to have freshly cut for you. These trees are guaranteed to last through the holidays and there are generally two types to choose from. One is a beautiful pine that grows well in the islands and still has that “Christmasy” feel and smell. The other is a very popular choice here in Hawaii, the Norfolk Island Pine. It is an elegant tree with an open lacy look. It often graces the homes of families here and many weave flower leis through its branches or decorate with shells and other ornaments to give it that special island touch.
Whichever tree you choose, whether traditional or with an island flair, we hope you enjoy the holidays here on Oahu, and the Aloha spirit that is a part of Hawaii at any season! We wish you a very Mele Kalikimaka!