Lei stands see sales wilt - Hawaii News

Lei stands see sales wilt - Hawaii News

There are 27 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 14, 2009, titled Lei stands see sales wilt - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

LIHUE, Kauai>> Lei shop owners fear that more people are buying the Hawaiian wreaths at discount chain stores as the economy slumps.

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omg

Kailua Kona, HI

#1 Jun 14, 2009
They want the locals to buy their leis, but they get their flowers from Thailand...They do not support the local farmers, so why should we support them.

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#2 Jun 14, 2009
A sure trickle down sign of recession and fall in malihini, and unfortunately horticulture was never a highly paid vocation at "grassroots" level despite the overall economic sales figure quoted above. Just love the name of the flower shop "Flowers Forever" up in Lihue. Maybe they will have to turn over a new leaf?[Haw-Haw].
A Floral Customer

United States

#3 Jun 14, 2009
All I can say is that anyone is looking for great floral service - just head to Patty's Floral Design in Kaimuki or St. Louis Florist on McCully. St. Louis is good because they can ship to the mainland, Patty's does not ship outside of Hawaii but they recommended St. Louis Florist and I have never had any problems with either ones. I remember a few that I won't mention but after delivery, the flowers were either drooping or close to being dead.
The Real Deal

United States

#4 Jun 14, 2009
And yes, at St. Louis Florist - just ask for Mona. Patty's on Waialae and 3rd is really great as well - just ask for Patty.
Old Man

Lewiston, ID

#5 Jun 14, 2009
Do not omit Kailua Florist and "T" for the freshest lei's shipped to the Mainland.

I also remember the lei stands on the way to the airport.
The Real Deal

United States

#6 Jun 14, 2009
Old Man wrote:
Do not omit Kailua Florist and "T" for the freshest lei's shipped to the Mainland.
I also remember the lei stands on the way to the airport.
Yes, but Mona at St. Louis Florist ships out the best variety as well as prices for a super arrangement of anthuriums. I keep telling Mona that I don't know how she can make any money for what she charges. But any out of towners - when you do visit the islands - drop in to your usual florist and take them a little box of dim sum just to say thanks!!
mush

Kihei, HI

#7 Jun 14, 2009
economic necessity now dictates what is used to make lei. Money leis have the longest life in hand, unless you have bills to pay
For you a lei

Mililani, HI

#8 Jun 14, 2009
What about the lei stands on O`ahu? I was in line last weekend at one and business seemed to be booming. It was graduation weekend, Kamehameha Alumni Lu`au and so much more. While I truly do feel for the florists in the article, are they a true measure of what's going on with lei stands all around the islands, or is this another article meant to tell us how bad things are...as if we don't already know.
Von

Aiea, HI

#9 Jun 14, 2009
Kind of late waking up.
thecharmedone

Hilo, HI

#10 Jun 14, 2009
JENNY'S near Maunakea has been a staple for me when lei are needed.
A Floral Customer

United States

#11 Jun 14, 2009
If in the Chinatown area, Cindy has been dependable for many decades.
alice

Los Altos, CA

#12 Jun 14, 2009
omg wrote:
They want the locals to buy their leis, but they get their flowers from Thailand...They do not support the local farmers, so why should we support them.
well put
The Real Deal

United States

#13 Jun 14, 2009
omg wrote:
They want the locals to buy their leis, but they get their flowers from Thailand...They do not support the local farmers, so why should we support them.
The reason for getting their flowers outside of Hawaii is also because there aren't as many farms as they used to be. The good florists around town will be very much upfront with their customers and tell them where the flowers are coming from. Most popular are the roses and they are not coming in from Thailand. It is the sign of the times, just as those once overflowing pineapple fields - remember those days? And by the way, every florist everywhere, not just in Hawaii is getting their floral products outside of the U.S. When you see all those parade floats, whether it be in Hawaii or in CA at the Rose Bowl, a huge majority of those flowers are coming in outside of the U.S.
Elephant

Aiea, HI

#14 Jun 14, 2009
The Real Deal wrote:
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The reason for getting their flowers outside of Hawaii is also because there aren't as many farms as they used to be. The good florists around town will be very much upfront with their customers and tell them where the flowers are coming from. Most popular are the roses and they are not coming in from Thailand. It is the sign of the times, just as those once overflowing pineapple fields - remember those days? And by the way, every florist everywhere, not just in Hawaii is getting their floral products outside of the U.S. When you see all those parade floats, whether it be in Hawaii or in CA at the Rose Bowl, a huge majority of those flowers are coming in outside of the U.S.
Eh, locals gotta go where the money is. I took leis to L.A. for my nephew's graduation and the people there flipped when I told them how much I paid. They paid 2-3 times more than what I bought my leis for in Chinatown and the leis on the mainland looked like cheapie stuff that tour companies hand out to arriving tourists. Simple single- strand orchid leis. There's money to be made on the mainland. They are getting into leis for graduation.
The Real Deal

United States

#15 Jun 14, 2009
Elephant wrote:
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Eh, locals gotta go where the money is. I took leis to L.A. for my nephew's graduation and the people there flipped when I told them how much I paid. They paid 2-3 times more than what I bought my leis for in Chinatown and the leis on the mainland looked like cheapie stuff that tour companies hand out to arriving tourists. Simple single- strand orchid leis. There's money to be made on the mainland. They are getting into leis for graduation.
I know what you are talking about. I have been to a few graduations up in CA in the past and I do see the quality of the leis up there as compared to the leis that the home folks hand carry up there. Big difference - real big difference. And yes, you cannot beat the leis you get from Chinatown.
Lacey Cardinale

United States

#16 Jun 14, 2009
It's weird that some people think it matters about the quality of a lei when it's only going to be mashed in a couple foot high stack around somebodys sweaty neck; for about an hour, never to be seen again alive. Get real people- I've been laughing about the finicky hoo ha and conspicuous consumerism of leis for years. At all kinds of events I went to they ended up in a dead pile on a chair five minutes after the last flash bulb popped? You mean somebody has launched a marketing push for leis on the mainland? Wow, Brilliant a whole new fad to exploit.
wildman

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jun 14, 2009
I would have to agree with post #1... its unfortunate..but many of them has lost the contact with the locally owned farmlands, being from the windward side...I know some of them, prices has been up on cost and maintenance fees, also tax states and property taxes eating away at our local businesses, thus again our economy ends up somewhere else...and yes I do know it does come from thailand for some of the lei stands but not all...yet we need to supoort our local first...but in some cases we can't...thx
Kauai Boy

Volcano, HI

#18 Jun 14, 2009
For fresh locally grown/purchaced flowers i'd highly recommend north shore buds & blooms. Awesome website and great floral designers.
Wrat Tayle

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jun 14, 2009
Nonsense. Plastic ones are just as pretty and colorful plus you can go with the political flow and recycle them. Leave the flowers in the earth.
For you a lei 2

Mililani, HI

#20 Jun 15, 2009
I have to agree with post #16. I really think twice about taking a lei to someone especially if I know the lei is going to be one of many many. I'd rather give the person a gift or an envelope with some kala, rather than seeing my hard-earned dollars smashed or cast off after the last photo. I think there's some kind of "status" to having lei above your eyes as if the lei pile is a measure of a person's worth.

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