Christmas in Hawai’iMissy Henriksen
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Christmas trees don’t naturally grow in Hawai’i, trees are
shipped to the islands every year from the west coast. This
presents a unique problem for
Departments of Agriculture who help protect the Hawaiian
ecosystem from invasive species.
Pests such as
slugs that are a part of the natural ecosystem on the West
coast could do serious damage if they get established in Hawai’i.
Officials take precautions when packing the trees and also by
rinsing the trees with hot water upon arrival.