Honolulu Hale holiday lights up, but with one big change

By Paula Akana
Published On: Dec 10 2013 06:03:00 PM HST

Honolulu and county departments try to outdo each other with their creative Christmas trees.

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HONOLULU -

As the huge yellow Pokemon figure in the corner proclaims, it's an anime Christmas inside the Honolulu Hale.

City and county employees have decorated 22 Christmas trees, but this year, fire code dictates that all of the trees must be artificial.

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Joyce Griffin and Remy Bonilla spent their lunch hour looking at the trees Tuesday.

"I think it's heavenly. I never knew they did this. This is the first time I ever came here," Griffin said.

The city departments held bake sales and did other fundraisers to pay for their holiday creations.

"Coming here is like stepping into a Wonderland. It's so beautiful. It's so magical," Bonilla said.

"Real trees would have been nice because we would smell all the pine when we come in but no, I don't think anything is missing here. It's very beautiful," Griffin said.

City employees said they'll save money under the new fire code because they won't have to buy more trees for a while.

The displays inside the Honolulu Hale will be up through Dec. 31.

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