Tis the season to deck the halls and decorate that tree. But while we're just three days into December some Christmas tree lots could be cleared out very soon.   
     Leina'ala Ahnee and her family have shopped at Richard Tajiri's Christmas Hawaii for more than 30 years and understands demand is high during the holidays.

     "Once they come to Richard, they're gone," said Ahnee
     As families browse for the perfect tree and crews unload the Matson containers, it might seem like business as usual but trees have been flying off the lot much faster than previous years. As of November 30th the popular lot sold more than half of its supply for the season..

     "We can not believe it, we haven't seen this happen in years. I called my supplier, the person I work with on a regular basis and I asked do you have any more 6-foot, 5-foot, any kind of tree, what do you have? He said, no. Can't supply you with anything at all, this is the week to go," explained Tajiri.

      His lot is not the only one trying to keep up with demand and the national tree shortage, it's the same story down the road at Habilitat.

     "We definitely anticipated for the shortage of Christmas trees this year. I guess in the northwest there's a shortage because 10-years ago they underplanted," said Angie Carpenter, Habilitat.

     No matter the reason, one thing is for sure if you want the smell of Christmas to fill your home.

     "This is the big weekend coming up," Tajiri exclaimed.
     "You want to get the best tree," Ahnee said.
     Because once it's time to close the containers-- that's it.