Where can I buy a Christmas tree in Hawaii?

Christmas tree shopping in Hawaii begins just after Thanksgiving. The most popular option for buying a Christmas tree in Hawaii is to drive to the nearest parking lot or open area and find someone selling dozens of trees. But a lot of these trees arrive from the mainland, shipped in refrigerated containers. But what if you want to buy a locally grown Christmas tree in Hawaii? On Oahu, there’s a tree farm called Helemano Farms that has just what you’re looking for.

Buying a locally grown Christmas tree in Hawaii

Before refrigerated shipping containers were in use, Hawaii residents relied on the Norfolk Island Pine for their Christmas trees. In the 1960s, shipments of mainland-grown trees started arriving in Hawaii, and people could choose popular tree species like the Noble Fir. Here on Oahu, Helemano Farms lets you choose your own Hawaii-grown tree.

Helemano Farms

Helemano Farms, located near the Dole Pineapple Plantation in the town of Whitmore, grows two varieties of trees: Norfolk Pine and Leyland Cypress. When you’re in Whitmore, keeping driving along the main road and you will see signs pointing the way to Helemano Farms. When you pull into the gravel parking lot, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Norfolk Pine and Leyland Cypress. next to the parking lot is a pavilion where Helemano sells Christmas wreaths (about $20-40 each). This is where you pay for your tree, after you’ve picked it out, of course!

Choosing a Christmas tree at Helemano

There are two ways to find the perfect Christmas tree here: wander around the farm by foot, or ride in a golf cart. Once you’ve found the right tree, young men equipped with tree-chopping tools will cut and pack your tree up. After you’ve paid at the pavilion, you’re ready to go!

Description of Xmas trees available:

Norfolk Pine (from helemanofarms.com)

Originally from Australia’s Norfolk Island, the Norfolk pine tree came to Hawaii in the 19th Century. Norfolks can grow more than 150 feet tall! At Helemano Farms, we have thousands of Christmas trees from 5 to 20 feet tall. Once cut down, Norfolks stay green, healthy and gorgeous for more than a month. Norfolk trees do not turn brown like Christmas trees shipped to Hawaii. We also carefully cut the Norfolks so a new tree grows out of each stump!

Leyland Cypress (from southernchristmastrees.org)

This tree is a hybrid of Monterey cypress and Alaskan cedar. Six seedlings were discovered in 1888 by C.J. Leyland at Leighton Hall in the South of Wales. The two parent trees were growing on the Leighton Hall Estate and cross bred purely by accident. The foliage of the Leyland cypress … tends to be arranged in irregularly flat planes with a dark green to gray color.

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