City cuts down Christmas tree for Honolulu City Lights celebration

The city’s annual Christmas tree is now in place at Honolulu Hale.

The 61-foot Norfolk Pine was harvested from Kahala Community Park on Monday and installed on city hall grounds Wednesday.

Normally, the city asks for a tree to be donated, but decided this year to use one of its own.

Certified arborists had determined the tree needed to be removed anyway for safety reasons.

“The (Department of Parks and Recreation) and the residents in this community have all come up to me and said they’re so very pleased that one of their own trees will be highlighted this year on the grounds of Honolulu Hale,” said Sheri Kajiwara, director of city Department of Customer Services.

The tree is approximately 35 to 40 years old.

It will be decorated ahead of the city’s annual Honolulu City Lights celebration, which opens Saturday, Dec. 3.

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