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Jake Shimabukuro lights Kaimuki Christmas tree

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:07 a.m. HST, Dec 24, 2013

Ukulele musician and Kaimuki native Jake Shimabukuro has stepped up to light the Christmas tree at the top of Kaimuki in time for Christmas.

The lights on the tree were dark this year because no one volunteered to pay for and string a new set of bulbs  for the 40-foot tree at Pu'u O Kaimuki Mini Park.

Last year, Hawaiian Electric Co.  employees volunteered to string a new set of bulbs on the tree in back of the Kaimuki Fire Station.

Shimabukuro and friend Jeff Lau, a city employee, worked together with local electricians to repair the tree and replace broken bulbs and obtained a permit to continue the Kaimuki Christmas tradition.  The tree was lit Monday night in a ceremony.

The celebration kicked off with free milk and cookies at 5 p.m., a mini Christmas concert by Shimabukuro at 5:30 p.m., and the tree was lit as the sun set at about 5:57 p.m.

The tree was erected in 1985 and is visible to motorists driving on the H-1 freeway. It is usually lit before the annual Kaimuki Christmas parade in early December.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Bravo Jake and Jeff!
on December 23,2013 | 01:37PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Kudo to all and next year go LED?
on December 23,2013 | 01:48PM
chrisn wrote:
Good job guys! That Jeff is one smart and handsome buggah. Jeff for Mayor.....of Kaimuki!!!
on December 23,2013 | 02:01PM
primowarrior wrote:
What a nice guy!
on December 23,2013 | 02:51PM
Alex57 wrote:
Mele Kalikimaka guys and a great big MAHALO
on December 23,2013 | 03:07PM
localguy wrote:
Way to go Jake. Always giving back to the community.
on December 23,2013 | 03:23PM
teatime808 wrote:
Thank you Jake and Jeff - Merry Christmas!
on December 23,2013 | 03:28PM
aomohoa wrote:
Jake is a genuinely nice guy.
on December 23,2013 | 03:28PM
NEtrades wrote:
Terrific! Thanks Jake and Jeff............true spirit of Christmas.
on December 23,2013 | 03:38PM
luvshawaii wrote:
Thank you Jake and Jeff!!
on December 23,2013 | 06:55PM
HanabataDays wrote:
I grew up in that 'hood back when that pu'u was still a "reservoir". Good place for a water tank because it's the highest point in Kaimuki. We used to play war on that pu'u sometimes, but too much keawe and kukus back then.
on December 24,2013 | 02:27AM
mrluke wrote:
So, how come the Kaimuki Fire Station stopped stringing their lights?
on December 24,2013 | 07:30AM
Kuokoa wrote:
About time he, or anyone else for that matter, does something for their own community without the government having to do it and spend money!
on December 24,2013 | 07:38AM
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