Matson’s “Christmas Tree Ship” to Arrive on Saturday
According to Mauinow.com, Matson Navigation Company is expecting its annual “Christmas Tree Ship” to arrive to port on Saturday in Honolulu.Sonia Isotov reports that following inspection by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the trees will be available to customers Sunday morning and shipped throughout the state. “The Christmas Tree ship” has traditionally marked the arrival of the majority of Hawaii’s Christmas trees, recent trends have spread the trees’ arrivals across four separate voyages. This year the first shipment arrived on November 12, with those trees being targeted to retail store’s for their displays, and small amounts for retail sales on neighbor islands. The third and final shipment which will be considerably smaller will arrive on December 3. Matson has been carrying Christmas trees from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii for over a century. The trees are loaded directly into refrigerated containers at Christmas tree farms located in Oregon and Washington. The containers are then kept sealed and refrigerated throughout the transportation process to maximize freshness upon arrival in Hawaii. Matson estimates that it ships over 100,000 trees every holiday season.