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(Thurs., Nov. 12, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the Kaimuki Christmas tree will shine for the community once again this year, continuing a 25-year holiday tradition.

"I’m happy to say that a collaborative public-private partnership has led to a great result for the Kaimuki community," Hannemann said. "We asked Hawaiian Electric Company if it could team up with the Kaimuki Business and Professional Association to erect the tree this year, and, being the great corporate citizen it is, Hawaiian Electric quickly responded with volunteers to do the job.  We appreciate their employees giving their time to make the holiday season a festive one for Kaimuki." 

The 30-foot tree is scheduled to be assembled on site next Monday, November 16, at 3:45 p.m. atop the Kokohead fire station.

The tree is an integral part of the Kaimuki community’s annual holiday festivities. Each year the tree is lit as part of the grand finale to the Kaimuki Christmas Parade. Volunteer construction and maintenance crews from Hawaiian Electric will use bucket trucks to hoist and install parts for the giant tree.

"In these tough times, we all need to come together as a community. Our employees saw this was a unique situation and were really glad to step forward to help out," said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. 

The Kaimuki Neighborhood Board and the Kaimuki Business and Professional Association expressed their gratitude

"We want to thank Mayor Hannemann and his staff and Hawaiian Electric for their efforts in helping us to continue this special tradition," said KBPA Director John Kobayashi.


Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928