Hawaii: Don’t burn Christmas trees at sacred Oahu sandbar

  • FILE — In this Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, people stand on the sandbar in Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is warning people that they face arrest if found burning Christmas trees at an oceanic sandbar. The sandbar found between the open Pacific Ocean and Kaneohe Bay on Oahu’s windward side is a popular gathering place for local boaters and tourists. A tradition of piling up Christmas trees for bonfires on the sandbar is harming the environment, officials said in a statement Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s public lands agency is warning people that they face arrest if found burning Christmas trees at an oceanic sandbar.