MAUNA KEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The local Lokahi chapter, along with a crew of Parker Ranch employees climbed the slopes of Mauna Kea at the Puu Pueo pasture to cut a tree for Waimea's Christmas celebration.
It's a tradition started by former ranch owner Richard Smart, but was forgotten for a number of years.
The Parker Ranch donated the tree and crew, while the Waimea Community Education will donate the electricity to light the tree at the lighting ceremony.
The lighting ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. across the street from the Ikua Purdy Statue.
Charlie Pahio, the man with the axe, planted the tree in high school 23 years ago.
The tree is a 25-foot tall Monterrey Cyprus.