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Christmas trees undergo agricultural inspection

Glenn Sakamoto of the Dept. of Agriculture Glenn Sakamoto of the Dept. of Agriculture

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of Christmas trees have arrived in Hawaii, but not all of them will stay.

Saturday night, 80 containers arrived with various types of trees. Sunday morning, the Department of Agriculture inspected them.

They found slugs, beatles and an aggressive type of yellow jacket.

All are a big concern because it could harm the environment and become a public health hazard.

"We found some beatles and we did find a slug in this container so we'll hold it up and have it identified and if its not found in Hawaii the option may be to send it back to where it came from," said Glenn Sakamoto of the Dept. of Agriculture.

Already, four containers have been rejected. They were sent back to the mainland. In all, Matson will bring in 100,000 trees to Hawaii. Another shipment is scheduled to arrive next week.

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