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Plant a Wish Announces Sixth Annual Native Christmas Tree Sale

December 6, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Plant a Wish, a Maui-based native tree-planting project that recently completed a mission to plant native trees in all 50 states, is back for a sixth consecutive year with its Planting Christmas native Christmas tree sale and fundraising campaign.

Maui residents can place orders on live, potted native ohi'a lehua trees that have been pre-selected for decorating and displaying during the holidays.

Each order includes free delivery, with all proceeds supporting the Plant a Wish project.

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Planting Christmas
Native Christmas tree sale and fundraising campaign.

Interested buyers can also request planting assistance, or may plant their holiday tree with Plant a Wish at an active native restoration site on Maui.

In 2007, Plant a Wish co-founder and Makawao resident Joseph Imhoff initiated Planting Christmas, an annual project that inspires community support of the local native tree farming economy and encourages native habitat restoration in everyone's backyard.

As an expansion of his tree efforts on Maui, in 2010 Imhoff and his wife, Sara Tekula, began Plant a Wish, a 50-state native tree planting campaign and documentary film project. The couple completed their 50-state mission in November 2011, and is currently editing a documentary about the experience.

Planting Christmas trees may also be purchased as gifts and can be delivered to Maui residents. For off-island residents, native tree dedications are also available, in which customers can send gift cards and planting certificates to friends and family members.

Medium-sized red ohi'a lehua (about 3 feet tall in 5 gallon pots) sell for $120, and large trees (about 5 feet tall in 7 gallon pots) are $150. Prices include delivery.

"In our travels across the country, we have learned a great deal about the importance of native biodiversity in each local landscape," said Imhoff. "While visiting most neighborhoods on Maui, it's rare to see any native plants growing. For the last six years, we have been changing this, one Christmas tree at a time."

For more information, or to order your tree, call Imhoff at (808) 250-1469, or email

To purchase the trees online, customers can make secure payments at



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