AIEA (KHNL) - It's a Christmas tradition we all look forward to on Oahu; the annual holiday celebration at Honolulu Hale. This year's tree comes from the yard of Marie Rose Perry. The Aiea resident has watched it grow over the past 28 years.
"It's kind of sad to see it go," said Perry.
It was only three feet tall when Perry's father planted it in their front yard. Now, the tree stands at a towering 57 feet.
"I was thinking of having it cut down because of safety reasons. It was getting too tall," said Perry.
With Christmas approaching, the idea came to Perry to donate it to the City. As city crews started up their chainsaws, Perry looked on and as if it reassure herself she made the right decision, said, "It's going to a good place."
But some neighbors, like Jan Otani, awoke to the sounds of city crews busy at work and were surprised to see what was going on.
"I've seen it grow as the years have gone by and the years go by very quickly. I feel very sentimental that they're taking the tree this year," said Otani.
Within minutes, the beloved tree is gone and all that remains is a stump. Otani is overcome with sadness.
"Maybe it's an old people's thing about plants," Otani said. "As we get older, we learn to appreciate the simpler things."
It's plain and simple now, but soon, this tree will be the main attraction at Honolulu Hale.
Perry says she has no plans to grow another Norfolk Pine in her yard.
Crews will install the tree at Honolulu Hale this Thursday.