Holualoa Flower Shop News
Kona florist Richard Gouveia dies - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Hawaii 24/7 StaffHawaii 24/7 has learned local florist, feather lei maker and jewelry maker Richard Gouveia has died.Gouveia, the founder of Flowers for Mama, died Oct. 30, 2013 at his home in Holualoa.He will be remembered for his artistic floral creations that brought happiness to Kona residents and island tourists. From baby luaus to weddings to receptions for dignitaries, Gouveia’s floral decorations were well-known. His one-of-a-kind feather lei and jewelry pieces were sought after.Gouveia founded Flowers for Mama with his partner Gene Leslie in 1989. Prior to this endeavor, Gouveia worked at the Sheraton Royal Waikoloa, Kona Village Resort, and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.Friends and family remember Richard as a kind, caring person exhibited by his many thoughtful deeds in helping them in time of need.Survived by partner Gene Leslie, and parents Richard Sr. and Fanny Gouveia, sister Richa, and nephews and nieces.Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Holualoa.Share this:... http://www.hawaii247.com/2013/11/01/kona-florist-richard-gouveia-dies/
Busy planting season starts now - West Hawaii TodayWednesday, October 28, 2015
Center Niaulani Campus on Old Volcano Road. For more information, call 967-8222 or Eva Lee at 217-5411. The 17th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is coming up with the Kona Coffee Stroll in Holualoa on Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farmers will set up booths and offer coffee tastings all day. All the galleries will open their doors and add to the fun atmosphere. Come hungry because there will be plenty of food vendors offering almost any yummy taste delights you desire. Of course, there will be numerous craft artisans there as well. For information, call Anita Kelleher at 305-394-2248. The Hawaii Chapter of the International Palm Society will also have its November meeting at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The guest speaker will be Don Hemmes, who will cover palm insects and diseases. Meeting date and time has not been set at this writing. Call Mary at 430-0401 for that information. With Arbor Day just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to plant trees. Visiting equatorial forest regions around the world, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of deforestation even in the Amazon. It seems like trees are disappearing even in Hawaii, right before our eyes. Let’s change the trend. If each one of us plants a few more trees, it would be an effort in the right direction, at least on our own little piece of paradise. The new widening of Queen Kaahumanu in Kona will give us the opportunity to beautify the drive from Kona International Airport into Kailua-Kona. Rumor has it the state is planning to use drought resistant natives like Kona loulu palms to beautify some parts of the median strip. Landscape plans are in the process of being prepared. If each one of us planted just one tree this year that would be almost 200,000 new trees on the Big Island. Trees to consider include narra and kamani. Narra, Pterocarpus indica, is a large tree that grows to 50 feet high. Seedlings should be planted out in the open in deep, well-drained, but moist soil. Narra does not tolerate shade. When grown slowly, this species has a deep red or purplish color to its heartwood. Faster growth results in a golden brown color. The wood of narra is scented, and it is occasionally marketed under the name rosewood. Narra is noted for its ability to take a high polish, and it is in highest demand throughout the Philippines for furniture production. The wood is very durable and resistant to termites and powder post beetles. It is hard, and seasons well, yet it is easy to work. The crown of narra is normally broad, spreading, and heavily branched like the monkey pod tree. The density of its foliage makes narra a popular orname... http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-features/busy-planting-season-starts-now
Maui Obituary Notices: Week of July 29, 2018Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Bronson Kaimana Weimun Kaliloa, 46, of Keaau, killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2018, at Hilo Medical Center. Born January 26, 1972 in Colorado, he was a 10 year Police Officer for the Hawaii County Police Department.Services to be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:30am visitation, 10am service at Hilo Civic Auditorium. Burial to follow approx. 2:45pm at Homelani Memorial Park 388 Ponahawai St, Hilo, HI 96720. Online condolences may be sent to: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.comArrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo. Donations can be mailed to:Casey KaliloaATTN: Major JelsmaPahoa Police Department15-2615 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778... https://mauinow.com/2018/07/29/maui-obituary-notices-week-of-july-29-2018/
Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 MagazineTuesday, July 17, 2018
Kris the mercantile, which is in a house down the road from the fields that also gets quite busy come sunflower time.Other fields making the list criss-crossed the country: Ohio, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, New York (2), Florida, California, Wisconsin, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina (2), Tennessee and Minnesota.Georgia had two fields on the list and, of course Grinter Farms wasn’t alone in the Sunflower State.The other is in Lyndon, which is south of Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.The Lyndon Leader 4-H Sunflowers are “organized and managed by the local Lyndon Leaders 4H Club,” according to Mattern. “This sunflower field in Lyndon, Kansas is open to visitors for photos and flower picking. Donations are accepted on site and are often donated to local charities, making this attraction well worth the visit.”To see the full list, go to countryliving.com.Next to Nature FarmThis month’s 435 Magazine features a story called “The Business of Bees,” which profiles Next to Nature Farm, a local operation just northwest of Tonganoxie.The farm, established in 2008, offers honey for food consumption, honey-based skin care products, fruit (apples, peaches, plums and pears) and eggs.Owner Chad Gilliland, an avid beekeeper, and his family have taken a “chemical-free” approach to their farm, as they do not use pesticides and rely on sticky traps and other means to combat insects.According to Sherry Kuehl’s story about the farm in her 435 Magazine feature, the Gillilands launched their Next to Nature line of skin products for the first time after extensive research between Chad and his wife.Current best-sellers, according to the story, are the Comfrey Salve, Healing Salve and lotion bars.“My wife and I did a ton of research on the medicinal and healing properties of natural herbs and essential oils,” Gilliland said in the 435 story. “We spent countless hours making sure that each and every ingredient component would work well and offer the specific medicinal properties we desired as well as the right natural moisturizing ingredient components that would complement the recipe.”After Friday’s Tonganoxie Business Association meeting, Gilliland told The Mirror that his family stays pretty busy throughout the year with selling at markets and other events. He also hopes to eventually open a store at the farm.To read the 435 story, visit 435mag.com. http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2018/jul/11/agribusiness-accolades-grinter-farms-featured-coun/
Gardening: Pink powder puffs are not always that particular color - San Bernardino County SunTuesday, February 27, 2018
The result is reversion to the green foliage form from which the sport derived. A case in point is variegated Hawaiian elf schefflera (Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’). New growth on mature plants typically reverts to green.As long as we are talking about Calliandra, we cannot overlook one of our most fetching native plants. It’s known as Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica) due to its delicate whisk broom flowers. Both pink powder puff (10 feet tall and wide at maturity) and Baja fairy duster (5 feet tall and wide at maturity) may be grown as stand-alone shrubs or trained up a trellis. Baja fairy duster is renowned for its seemingly endless flower production. Only for brief periods will you not find at least one or two blooms on display.Grace Hampton, who gardens in Burbank, wrote to inquire about the sabra prickly pear cactus that grows in Israel and throughout the Mediterranean, wondering how it got there since it is native to Mexico. This cactus arrived in the Mediterranean courtesy of Spanish explorers who brought back samples from their Mesoamerican expeditions.Although both the fruit and the pads of this cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) are edible, the Spanish had a different application in mind. Their interest was in the red pigment that was found in the gut of white cochineal scale insects that attach themselves to prickly pear cactus pads.If you have any of this cactus in your yard, you have probably noticed the presence of these sticky insects at one time or another.From the time the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, until the advent of synthetic dyes in the late 19th century, cochineal scales were the main source of red textile dye in America and Europe.Spain had a monopoly on the cochineal dye market for about 250 years until scale-laden cactus pads were surreptitiously exported — by the French and Portuguese — to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Portugal.Sessile female scales attach themselves to prickly pear cactus pads, stick their proboscises into the pads, and suck cactus sap for sustenance. In the process, they produce a rich scarlet pigment known as carminic acid. This metabolite is stored in the gut of the female scales, to be used in defending themselves from attacking a...
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Fahrenheit. Too cold, they freeze. Too warm, they wilt. Too dry, they shrivel. A special room is set aside for tropical flowers sourced from Hawaii and other equatorial destinations, which demand temperatures in the 60s and even more humidity.The Amato team has pulled long hours since the first holiday flowers were delivered on Feb. 6. Now, Amato’s coolers are stuffed to brim for Valentine’s Day, but the wholesaler’s team moves with balletic precision and grace as they wheel dollies packed with product through narrow paths. It helps that many employees have worked there for a decade or longer.Head receiver Alfredo Giles, a nine-year Amato employee, enjoys the team’s passion for the work and the friendships they’ve formed on the cooler floor. But no one is a bigger fan of his job than his wife.“Every time I get home she says, ‘You smell like flowers,’ ” Giles said. He makes sure to bring home her favorites, roses and lilies.Carrie Miller, an Amato saleswoman for 13 years, had a magnetic connection with flowers from an early age. As a girl she would hop her grandparents’ fence to pluck blooms from the neighbor’s garden to make into arrangements. As she loads dozens of flowers onto a dolly at Amato, the petals blend in with a colorful full sleeve tattoo on her left arm of peonies, irises, sweet peas and, yes, roses.“I was born to do this,” she said.Weickum expects the holiday crunch time to continue through a final push on Valentine’s Day morning. Then Amato’s coolers will have a couple months to breathe before a rash of floral festivities arrive: Easter, prom season and the wholesaler’s top sales driver: Valentine’s Day is Amato’s second busiest holiday — Mother’s Day reigns supreme.“Everybody has a mom,” Weickum said. “Not everybody has a sweetheart.”...