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Quote of the Day - I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. - Joyce Kilmer
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The Price of Mele Kalikimaka Goes Up

That'll be $200, please.

For a Christmas tree. In Hawaii. While the East Coast prepares for the deep freeze that comes with this time of year, Hawaiians, too are huddled in their blankets as temps drop into the 60's.

It's hard to understand freezing weather here in SoCal while we're getting ready for and enjoying a bluewater Christmas.

But come on, $200 for a tree? Yes, ours went up this weekend, and we could have easily spent $200 on a big tree, but we got by for less than half that, which we thought was expensive. Flocked, no less. It's a first. We've only ever had a regular green tree before.

It's no wonder that Hawaiians are upset with these prices. Previous records show much lower prices, but apparently, retailers in Hawaii underordered. The trees come from Oregon, where prices there range to $84.00.

Tree shopping, if you can even call it that, has changed since I was a kid. My mom bundled us up and my dad took us to the tree farm, where they gave you a saw and you went out into the forest to cut down a tree.

I remember we paid $7.50 that year.

And a haole maka hiki ho to you, too.

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