(KHNL) - There should be no christmas tree shortage in the islands this year. The bulk of this year's shipment is now in Hawaii, and will soon be ready for you.
Like happy children on Christmas morning, workers from the Department of Agriculture crack open dozens of boxes filled with goodies.
"Yeah smells good," said Darcy Oishi, entomologist with the Department of Agriculture. "Smells like Christmas."
Thousands of Christmas trees are ready to turn the islands into a winter wonderland. Each container is inspected before the trees are sent out to stores. Workers also pull out some trees, and give them a good shake to see what falls out.
"We wanna make sure that things that might be dangerous to our economic importance to Hawaii don't get in," said Oishi.
The usual suspects, like caterpillars, spiders, and beetles, are bottled up after their cruise across the pacific. But no dangerous hitchhikers are found in this bunch.
This is the third shipment of trees coming to Hawaii. This shipment has more than 100 containers. Each container can carry between 200 and 500 trees.
"Just by number of trees alone, there should be an ample supply of trees to meet the demand of the public," said Gary Nakamatsu of Matson Navigation Company.
That's good news for everyone getting into the holiday spirit.