City harvests Honolulu City Lights tree from Windward Oahu

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City crews were out in Windward Oahu Tuesday to harvest the annual Christmas tree, which will go up on the lawn fronting Honolulu Hale.

This year’s tree is an 80-foot Norfolk Pine generously donated by Olomana School in Kailua.

It’s estimated to be 40 years old, and was located near the school’s parking lot on campus.

“It’s quite an operation,” said Nathan Serota, city Department of Parks and Recreation. “(It requires) a lot of heavy equipment and team effort. It takes a lot of planning and dedication to get the machinery out here and make sure this is harvested safely and transported safely.”

The tree will serve as the centerpiece for the annual Honolulu City Lights celebration, which kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Click here for details on the festivities.

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