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Christmas tree sales off to a quick start

Richard Tajiri Richard Tajiri
Brian Uyeno of City Mill Brian Uyeno of City Mill
The Ewa-makai corner of Ala Moana Center The Ewa-makai corner of Ala Moana Center

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after Thanksgiving, shoppers wasted little time in getting a fresh Christmas tree.

At City Mill's flagship store in Iwilei, Black Friday shoppers lined up before 7 a.m. to get the deal of the day, a five-to-six foot tall Douglas fir tree for $29.99. Those trees sold out quickly, according to City Mill supervisor Brian Uyeno.

At Tajiri's which sets up shop on the street level in the Ewa-makai corner of Ala Moana Center, there were dozens of trees on sale, along with a tented area where workers could flock the trees different colors. Most of the flocked trees are the traditional white, but if you wanted a pink tree, or even a black one, they could make one for you.

"We don't have too much flock for the black," said Richard Tajiri. "We're just trying this as an experiment. But we're doing a lot of pinks and purples and blues, and other colors like it."

Tajiri also said he had ordered more trees. "We're actually getting a little bit more than last year. Not too much more, but just a wee bit more. And it's our first experiment doing 40-foot containers, so we're still -- I haven't adjusted to it," he said.

At City Mill, Uyeno said he expected that the one-thousand or so trees from his 40-foot container load would be gone in three or four days. A second container is expected early next week, but will contain only three-to-four foot high "elf" Noble firs, which proved popular last year for people with small apartments.

As for the best way to make your tree last longer, City Mill's Uyeno had this tip: cut about an inch and-a-half from the base of the tree, and then use a 3/8" to 1/2" bit to drill a three-inch deep hole in the middle of the trunk to allow it to soak up more water. Uyeno also suggested getting tree food to add to the water.


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