Unique coconut Christmas tree draws crowds

The unique painted coconut Christmas tree has been visited by military families, tourists, and local families across the island. (PNC photo)

For the second year in a row, a Merizo family has put up a Christmas tree that has become a must-see for families across the island.

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cruz family made its 2nd Annual Malesso Coconut Christmas Tree happen again this year.

The Christmas tree was put up early last month and is located in front of the Merizo church.

What makes this tree unique is that it’s made up of over 100 coconuts that are hand-painted by families — with their name, where they’re from, and pretty much anything they’d like to share.

The Cruzes would hang the finished coconuts on the built tree for the community to see.

Merizo residents Abby and Steven Cruz say they believe this is something needed in the community, especially during this difficult time when families are bored staying home.

The Cruzes say that after their Christmas tree project’s success last year, it looks like this is going to be an annual tradition for them.

Abby says it took Adrian Tyquiengco two days to construct the project. She added that the Christmas tree has been visited by military families, tourists, and local families across the island.

Some families not from Guam would even come back 2 to 3 times to leave their mark on the tree, according to Abby.

The original plan was to have the tree completed by tomorrow. However, due to popular demand, they’ve decided to extend the painting on-site to this Sunday, Dec. 20, from 10 am to 5 pm.

In an interview with PNC, Steven Cruz says the smiles on families’ faces inspired him to achieve this project…

“It gives the people of Merizo and families something to take a look at, take pictures, and enjoy. You can not beat the location and view. It turned out to be a community thing, to people from all branches and walks of life sharing their posts, pictures, and culture with us,” he said.

Abby added: “The whole purpose of this project was to promote the beauty of Malesso through community engagement. Smiles and memories are priceless and my family along with our Team SMC are very blessed with all the friendships made along the way.”

For anyone interested in painting a coconut, the family invites you to stop by. For more details, you can check out their social media pages @SMCMERIZO