CHRISTMAS HAWAII
RICHARD TAJIRI'S
ABOUT OUR TREES
Our trees are cut as late a possible – right before we load our containers.  Our containers are   
usually pulled right before the outgoing container deadline.
We take special measures to keep our trees hydrated during the voyage.
We bring in over 20 containers of Christmas Trees in 3 different shipments during the season to
minimize the period between cut and sell time.
We keep all of our trees in refrigerated containers until ready to display at the lot.
All of our retail trees will be displayed on tree stands with water buckets under the shade.  No trees
are kept outside in the sun.
We fresh cut every tree sold at the lot.  This helps open up the capillaries which allows the trees to
drink water.

TREE SELECTING TIPS
Finding the freshest tree is the key to enjoying the Christmas Trees.  Look for indicators of dryness
or deterioration such as excessive needle loss, discolored foliage, musty odor, needle pliability, and
wrinkled bark.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF TREES
When a Christmas tree is cut, over half of its weight is water.  With proper care, you can maintain the
quality of your displayed trees.  

Please put the tree in water as soon as possible.  The longer the time between when the tree is given
a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water.
Check your stand for leaks before you put in the water.  Fill with warm water and add “VITA” – Tree
preservative.  We believe "VITA" is the best tree preservative on the market.
Although we highly discourage it, if the tree is not going into the house soon after it's purchased, it
should be stored in a bucket of warm water on a cool and shaded lanai, away from wind and sun.
An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.  Check the stand daily to
make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.  With many stands, there
can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and no more water will be
absorbed by the tree unless another fresh cut is made.  So don’t forget to add water every day.
The best type of Christmas Tree lights are Miniature Lights.  They produce much less heat and reduce
the drying effect upon a tree.  Always turn off the lights of your tree when leaving the house or
retiring for the night.  Please never use lighted candles.  Always check light sets for frayed or
cracked wire insulation and broken sockets before placing them on a tree.  Do not attempt to repair a
worn light set.  Throw it away and buy a new set.  Do not overload electrical circuits.
Be careful not to block a door with the tree or rearranged furniture.  Place the tree away from heat
sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves and fireplace inserts, radiators, television sets
or sunny windows.  Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water
consumption each day.
Please remember!!  Key to a healthy tree and a safe Christmas is Water your tree daily!

TREE DISPOSAL
Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house
promptly.
Go to www.realchristmastrees.org and type in your ZIP code to find a recycling program near you. Or
check for your local chipping and composting program with the parks and recreation department, local
nursery or service organization.  Or arrange pick up by your disposal service.
Never burn any part of a Christmas Tree in a wood stove or fireplace.

HOLIDAY SAFETY FACTS
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 0.12% of residential
fires involve a Christmas Tree -- both real and artificial.
At NO time can a real Christmas Tree START or CAUSE a fire.  Christmas Trees do not spontaneously
combust.
In 1998, more than 32 million real Christmas Trees were used in the U.S.  Of these, only 0.00093%
were ignited in home fires.
Christmas Trees are not as likely to be the first item ignited in residential fires as many other
common household items:
newspapers and magazines -- 13 times more likely
boxes or bags -- 10 times more likely
curtains or drapes -- 9 times more likely
Overloaded electric outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in
residences - these types of fires can be just as dangerous with an artificial tree.
Tips on Selecting a Tree & Keeping it Fresh
Bringing the best quality trees to Hawaii for 40 years!
years!
FMR Sales, Inc.
DBA Christmas Hawaii
PO Box 19235
Portland, OR 97280
BEFORE COMING TO OUR LOT
Please be sure you know what size (height and
width) tree you need.  Don’t forget to allow for
the height of your stand and tree top decoration.  
Decide where you will be placing your Christmas
Tree in your house – middle of the room, corner  
of the room or against the wall.  This will help you
determine what shape of tree you need to select.
Browse our “Tree” section and familiarize
yourself with our different types of Christmas
Trees.