Tajiri's Christmas trees has a new location

By Paula Akana
Published On: Nov 25 2013 05:14:41 PM HST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 07:40:10 PM HST

It is just a month until Christmas and that means tree time.

Click here to read more in Paula Akana's article.

HONOLULU -

Richard Tajiri is a man on the move this Christmas. For the first time in a decade, if you go looking for his trees at Ala Moana Center, you won't find any!

Tajiri became an institution near the Sears store. Now that the store's gone and there's renovations and constructions, Tajiri had to find a new spot.

Click here to watch Paula Akana's report.

Mo'ili'ili is that spot in the old Varsity Theatre parking lot across from Puck's Alley.

With the new location come some new types of trees.

"But, a lot of smaller trees.  We have a lot of little because we're out here in residential apartments and condos.  We have 2-foot, 3-foot, 4-foot trees," said Tajiri.

It's been a season of change for Tajiri starting with the farms in the Northwest.  They're doing a better job of guarding against critters.

"We did slug bait.  Slug bait all the field," said Tajiri.  "Shake the trees for 30 seconds to a minute and to keep the trees off the ground.   That's when the problems is especially overnight."

From the shaker, to the bailer, to the container, then to the islands and into the Tajiri lot.

This year makes 37 years of bringing Christmas trees to the islands.

"We get to see people we got to know over the years and, actually, you got mom and pop.  All of a sudden it's the kids and now it's the kid's kids and wow!" said Tajiri.

The Christmas tree lot opens to the public on Tuesday.

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Click here to see photos of the first Christmas tree shipment to Hawaii.

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