Perhaps you are wondering, how does one celebrate Christmas in Hawaii? What do they do about trees?
Another option are locally grown Norfolk and Monterey Pine Christmas trees. I don’t actually know anyone who has had one of these, but will be asking around. I’m intrigued at the thought of having a real tree again (I used to love the Fraser Fir Christmas trees we’d get when we lived in BC).
And yes, of course you will see palm trees with their trunks wrapped in lights. Though it’s difficult to bring those indoors.
‘Hawaii Containers must be free from soil and debris and care must be taken to prevent contamination of Christmas trees and containers with soil during storage and loading procedures. Trees shipped to Hawaii must be shaken to qualify for certification. An ODA Shaking Compliance Agreement is required.
Shaking options are: ….
Each containerized shipment of trees shall be accompanied by a valid phytosanitary certificate that has been issued at the point of origin by an agriculture official from the participating domestic regulatory agency. The certificate shall be conspicuously affixed or located on the inside door panel of the container and shall contain the following added declarations:
A) 100 percent of the trees have been mechanically or manually shaken;
B) The trees have been grown and originate from an area free of gypsy moth and sudden oak death; and
C) The shipment is apparently free of yellowjackets (Vespula spp.), snails, slugs and other detrimental pests.’
So now you know….