Xmas trees hot item in Hawaii
December 21, 2006 2:56am CST
A SHORTAGE of Christmas trees in Hawaii has raised prices to more than US$200 each, drawing complaints from cost-conscious shoppers who are eager to buy trees before the holiday. Tree buyers camped outside a shopping center hours before dawn Saturday to await a shipment of 130 noble firs flown in from Oregon, the United States. A crowd of more than 200 people had gathered by morning, when a salesman announced the trees would cost US$165 to US$200 each.