Tajiri selling fresh Christmas trees for 43rd year in a row
Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, we don't have to feel so bad while we set up our Christmas decorations.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas especially on University Avenue.
Richard Tajiri, also known as Mr. Christmas opened up for the 43rd year this year selling fresh Christmas trees.
Tajiri and his team head up to Washington and hand pick every tree they bring to Hawaii.
Assistant General Manager Bert Shiosaki said they have many farms that they go to and walk from aisle to aisle for the pickings.
"That's how we get all of our beautiful trees," Assistant General Manager Bert T. Shiosaki said. "We're looking for shape, we're looking for tops, if you notice all the tops are pretty full that's one of the keys that everyone likes. Of course the fullness, symmetry and you want to see a nice triangle."
They cut the trees within the last week of October and first week of November. They are then inspected, cleaned and pre-certified before being shipped.
People lined up for their pick of a nobel, nordman, grand firs and more.
The Nishikawa family came back for their 8th year and according to them it's become a tradition.
"It's been a family tradition. We come the day after Thanksgiving and pick out the tree for grandma's house, our house and our cousin," Kevin Nishikawa said.
From size to price, flocked or not, the smell of fresh cut trees and the Christmas spirit is strong.
"I love Christmas so I love coming and getting the trees and decorating it," 8-year-old Callie Nishikawa said.
Trees are available while supplies last every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.