Greener Than Your Tree

Akihiko Izukura

For those who need to embrace their inner Heather Brown or Solomon Enos, turn up your own creative gift ideas with resourceful and beautiful expressions of appreciation. The Honolulu Academy of Arts offers an exclusive opportunity to work with Japanese textile artist Akihiko Izukura, whose philosophy on art includes a reflection dedicated to zero waste. Learn to make artwork focused on sustainability using natural materials and dyes made from from walnut, clove and madder.

It’ll leave Santa green with envy.

–Tracey Nakama

Akihiko Izukura Sustainable Art Classes, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St., [honoluluacademy.org], 532-8700

No Squirrels In These Trees

Helemano Farms

A family owned operation, Helemano Farms is in the business of growing Christmas Trees. In 2002, they began planting Norfolk trees in Central Oahu’s Whitmore Village in Wahiawa. Thousands of Norfolk and Leyland Cypress Trees tower over the farm, some over 150-feet high. Norfolk Pine Trees–originally from the Australia’s Norfolk Island are green and lush with prices starting at $40 for trees up to 6 feet. Leyland Cypress Trees, their newest addition to the farm, are $60 for trees up to 6 feet and will add a soft pine scent to your home. The selection of quality trees and affordable prices will have you prancing around like a reindeer.

Because their trees are grown locally, never shipped on or off Oahu, there is no risk for unwanted pests. Their trees will fit every home, every decoration layout, and every budget. But really, it’s more about the experience of choosing a tree, than the tree itself.


Helemano Farms, Whitmore Village in Wahiawa, Open through Dec. 23, Tue.–Fri. 12–6pm, Sat. & Sun. 10am–6pm, closed Mon., [helemanofarms.com], 622-4287

Greens at Your Door

Oahu CSA

F or those not in the know, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) works like this: farmers offer a certain amount of seasonal veggies and fruits per week throughout farming season, and the customer gets a share (aka subscription) for a certain amount of money. CSA subscriptions are available all over Honolulu by local farms such as Mao Organic Farms, Ailani Gardens, Kahumana Farms and many more. Mao Organic Farms offers subscriptions for $32 per week (8-weeks minimum). The box contents vary according to the season, but according to their website, contents usually include a “signature Sassy salad mix, a selection of cooking greens, roots, and herbs.” Boxes are picked up on certain days at V Lounge or UH-Manoa for Honolulu customers, or Souza or Shimabukuro ‘Ohana Houses for West Side customers. Ailani Gardens and Kahumana Farms are a little cheaper at just $20 per box.

It’s a sustainable, healthy way to support farm operations and local agriculture.

–Maria Kanai

MAO Organic Farms, 86-210 Puhawai Rd., [maoorganicfarms.org], [email: info] Kahumana Organic Farm & Café, 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Rd., [kahumana.org], 696-5569 Ailani Gardens, [ailanigardens.com], [email: ailanigardens], 696-7616 or 349-1077