HONOLULU (AP) -- Some Hawaii residents are finding it hard to find Christmas trees this season.

Vendors have cut back on shipments from the mainland because its costs them about $20 to bring in each tree by ship.

Ipo Waiwaiole sells trees in Kailua. He says he and other vendors have ordered fewer trees because they don't want to get stuck with costly leftovers.

But Waiwaiole says he ran out of trees on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Agriculture has rejected seven out of 207 containers of Christmas trees that reached Hawaii because of slugs or other insects.

Department spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi says 111,000 trees were delivered this year. She says 250 containers came in last year and 300 in previous years.


Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser, http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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