HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Christmas trees are being planted on the Big Island in an effort to give more residents the chance to take part in the holiday tradition of picking your own tree.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Hawaii Forest Industry Association is leading the project with help from volunteers, foresters and horticulturists who have been planting Douglas fir seedlings on Mauna Kea.
A majority of the state's Christmas trees are imported from the mainland, with most sold at chain stores. Those supporting the project's efforts are looking to change that.
Officials say growing trees locally will also help reduce the risk of bringing in invasive species from trees imported from the mainland.
Planting seedlings at the site began nearly two years ago with the help of county, state and federal funds.