Making the season bright

  • The Parker School Choir sings traditional holiday songs at Parker Ranch Headquarters as the final part of the program. (Photos by LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

  • Cub Scout Braeden Peck serves dozens of free holiday cookies to guests at the Parker Ranch tree lighting event.

  • The youngest students from Na Haumana Ka Ua Paliloa show their excitement before performing Friday night. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

  • The decorated Cook Pine at Parker School towers at 150 feet.

  • The Cook Pine at Pu’u Opelu, Parker Ranch headquarters, stands tall. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

WAIMEA — The grand Cook Pine at Parker Ranch headquarters lit up the sky Friday night as hundreds of residents congregated at the free annual tree lighting event. HPA Handbell Choir, Na Haumana Ka Ua Paliloa, Parker School Choir and Waimea Elementary Ukulele and Hula Ensemble performed inside while free cocoa and cookies were provided on the front lawn outside.

The tradition was started by Parker Ranch owner Richard Smart in 1962. The now 165-foot tree was planted prior to 1879.

Over at Parker School, a 150-foot Cook Pine is lit each holiday season. It can be seen from miles away from different parts of town.

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