The Hawaiian Christmas Tree Experience
We’ve been content with our fake Target Christmas tree for the past few years, but decided to try something new this year. One of my wonderful clients told me how much fun they had picking out a Christmas tree at Helemano Farms in Wahiawa, so we decided to go for it. At $60+ they’re not exactly cheap and the Norfolk Pine may not be the most glamorous of Christmas trees, but it sounded like a fun adventure; something that could become a Christmas tradition. Plus it’s local (no need to worry about all those pests that hitchhike to Hawaii in tree shipments every year) and sustainable. Okay, and i’ll be honest, I was geeking out over the photo opps.
We disrupted Mila’s precious nap time to beat traffic and that resulted in a clingy ball of unhappiness, but Micah loved it. Super loved it. Our guide let Micah drag him all over the grounds searching for the perfect tree. All while answering his millions of questions on trees. He even showed him how his saw worked. And then there were rainbows. And a fine mist that we pretended was snow. And candy canes.
Someone can have our fake tree, we’re coming back here next year.
First candy cane. Mila said it was gross, but insisted on eating it anyways. She made this face the whole time.
Feeling More Adventuruous This Christmas?
If you’re feeling extra ambitious you can get a free permit from Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife to cut down your own Norfolk Pine. You can pick up your permit at the DOFAW baseyard in Makiki at 2135 Makiki Heights Dr. (ph) 808-973-9778.
Looking for More Family Fun on Oahu?
Check out the Keiki Monday archives if you already have your tree and need some ideas for family fun. Don’t forget to sign up for the Little Bird Post below for monthly updates on family fun.