Christmas tree project branching out

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Glenn Sako plants a Douglas fir seedling in 2016 during the Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration and Plant Workshop on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands land on Mauna Kea.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald In this 2016 photo, approximately 450 Douglas fir seedlings were planted during the Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration and Plant Workshop on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands land on Mauna Kea.

An ongoing project to develop a viable Christmas tree farming industry on the Big Island has moved closer to fruition this year with more species of trees planted.