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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 19, 2009

'Aiea kiosk to offer 250 Christmas trees

Advertiser Staff

Specialty Holiday Season said it plans to bring in 250 small Christmas trees to sell today in 'Aiea.

The business is behind the Best Buy store in 'Aiea under a red-and-white tent.

The company will distribute order-of-service numbers to customers. Numbers will also be distributed beginning at 8 a.m., although the trees are not expected until about 11 a.m.

Only Noble trees will be available, and in only two heights. Two-footers are selling for $95 and 4-footers are $120.


A 25-year-old Kailua man was arrested early yesterday morning when a 39-year-old Kailua man reported finding an unknown person in his home on Kaläheo Avenue.

The homeowner told police he noticed the man about 2:30 a.m. and was able to detain him while his wife called 911.

The man may have entered the home through an unlocked door, police said. There were no signs that the intruder searched the home, and it did not appear that anything was taken.


Maui County announced that it will sponsor free recycling of Christmas trees in an effort to extend the life of its landfills.

Christmas trees may be dropped off at Maui EKO Compost at the Central Maui Landfill on Pulehu Road, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Trees may also be dropped off in West Maui at the Olowalu Recycling and Refuse Center three miles south of Lahaina. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trees must be undecorated and free of all ornaments, lights, hooks, tinsel, etc. at the time of dropoff.

The Maui Fundraisers Wailuku Softball team is offering a curbside collection of Christmas trees on Jan. 3 for a $10 minimum donation.

Reservations are required for curbside pickup and must be made by Dec. 31 by calling 808-280-8547.


The city Department of Parks and Recreation yesterday removed a number of coconut palm trees at 12 public parks and public areas.

The city said the palms all have serious decay and would be replaced where site conditions allow.

"We are removing these coconut palms because they are a safety hazard and have the potential of falling on people or properties," parks director Lester Chang said.

Locations where trees were removed included Waikíkí Gateway Park, Kaläkaua Avenue fronting the Louis Vuitton store, several spots along Ala Wai Boulevard, Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park and Maunalua Bay Beach Park.