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Cut your own Hawaiian Christmas Tree

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Norfolk Island Pines or “Araucaria heterophylla” are native to Norfolk Island, an Australian Territory in the Pacific Ocean. In 1774 Captain James Cook discovered Norfolk Island. Cook and his crew encountered the 200-foot giant pines on Norfolk Island and named Norfolk Island Pines. Their wood was utilized for ship building.

Before refrigerated containers started crossing the Pacific Ocean with trees from the mainland in the 1960’s, Norfolk Island pines were used as Christmas Trees in Hawaii. If you are interested in cutting your own Norfolk Pine Hawaiian Christmas Tree, The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife Forestry Program grants collection permits. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the holidays Hawaiian style. 

Click the link below to apply for your collection permit, which is free.  

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/frs/permitting/forest-reserve-system-collection-permit/