Due to the lack of lei sales on a daily basis. Rainforest will be selling very few leis as available. it is best to inquire by day to see what is available. No orders will be taken during the May Day/Mother's day/Graduation period. Limited supplies and high demand makes acquiring leis for any specific date difficult and chancy.
We invite custom requests for haku leis providing materials can be obtained in season and that we have enough notice. While normal turn over is about two days to make a custom request. It may take longer due to the higher demand during graduation season. We will try our best in making custom haku leis
Haku leis are a custom order item that is designed to fit your need or occasion. Please give 2 days advance notice so we can make the haku in your color theme. we sometimes have additional for sale on hand. This is NOT an on demand item. Do not expect to have a haku made same day since some materials have to be collected first before it is made. This lei likes to be refrigerated.
Plants are available on a limited basis. We suggest you email an inquiry and either provide us a color that you're seeking or let us select something that is nice in appearance irregardless of color requirements. All our orchids are arranged in ceramic pots, some come with branches to include succulents, mini bromeliads and air plants.
We welcome your empty ceramic pot for replenishing new orchids. We will just charge you for the plants and mossing if requested. Please provide ample time for us to repot them. Rarely do we have spare time to do it on demand. On some days if you drop the pots off in the morning, we can do them in between our previous orders and deliveries and call you when it is ready. Due to limited space, we appreciate you getting them quickly so we can entertain other requests for this same service. Mahalo!
Our flower designs are a mixed group of flowers that were shipped and received at the same time. This timing wil vary seasonally and we do receive shipments of flowers that we receive once a week, once a month or even just one time in a year. The collective materials of what we receive is the palette of "paints" from which we create our living art.
Having to recreate a particular image may be impossible with the selection of materials we have on hand. Sometimes the beginning if the week we may have a particular material and others come at the end of the week. each particular flower is different. Some bloom with frequency others wait a whole year to mature a plant to make one flower then dies afterwards. Having to start all over again requires time.
With that said our flower selections vary quite considerably. Please allow us to make a design using our freshest materials rather than have us save a flower that arrives on Sunday to combine with another that comes in on Saturday almost a week later. We receive shipments from all continents, all islands and various states in the US. Flowers are shipped by air planes, federal Express and delivered by truck to our shop. These deliveries vary so we receive materials at all times of the week. Sunday being closed is a big aid in getting large volumes of flwoers put into place somthat by Monday we are ahead of the game and have fresh stock while most other shops and grocers await their fresh stock on Tuesday, Federal Express' normal delivery time frame.
For those who think that flowers are shipped with water tubes or water buckets. They are not!
Flowers are shipped dry and without water. Packed dry with ethylene packets and even water absorbing salts. Flowers need to be kept cool and dry during transit. We have to rehydrate them and best overnight where we can check their status the following day and take required actions to make sure they are in perfect form when they are used or made available for sale.
We incorporate state of the art solutions, water types, various temperatures and chilling in light or dark conditions to make a perfect flower for sale.
Everyone always asks what's the best way to water your orchid plants. I've told this method in person at the shop to select customers who always buy orchids and the feedback I've been given on this water method was exceptional. This method should help keep your orchids alive for a few months.
A lot of people these days may have a 1 oz. shot glass or something similar to this size. Pour a shot glass size amount of water at the base of each plant inside the orchid pot and slowly pour the water in. Do this for each plant in your orchid pot. 1 shot glass of water per plant every 2 to 3 days is all the orchid needs to stay well watered.
For the most part, flowers should be bright, cheerful and be full of surprises. This may be the only thing the recipient has to see aside from the television, medical equipment and of course the nurse/doctor. Oddly many customers always request fragrant flowers for hospital recipients. I don't know a single person who wants to be immersed in a sweet smelling flower 24 hours a day. Imagine being in a bed and all you get to do is smell a perfumed room that can be nauseating while eating or taking medications. We usually avoid fragrant flowers for this reason and should you receive an overly fragrant arrangement, please be sure to thank the sender that insists that you just love fragrant flowers while in bed.
Also avoid white flowers as some cultures (Asian) view white flowers as death.
Also for Japanese culture it is not proper to send a potted plant showing roots (i.e. orchids) to someone recovering from an illness.
The idea of having one's ashes inside a pu'olo may appear attractive and Hawaiian, but the pu'olo was not intended for housing of ashes prior to scattering.
The function of the pu'olo is to remove any spiritual connection to what was placed inside it. hat this suggests that a pu'olo will remove all spiritual association to the ashes with in. In other words the ashes are just charred remans without a spiritual connection.
If you want to place ashes into a container, may I suggest a koa calabash or one made from any of the many hardwoods in Hawai'i.
A pu'olo is used for enclosing a lei, food preparations or s gift to present to the Gods or high chiefs/queens.
The basic color for a Chinese funeral is all white. Sometimes soft chartreuse, cream and medium green shades are acceptable. Often arrangements are tagged by a generation (i.e. children, grandchildren, etc.) Flowers are best when they are coordinated by color scheme and style.
In the Buddhist sect for any Japanese memorial services, it is deemed poor taste to have any flowers that has or once have had thorns. Flowers, especially roses is considered bad taste. Other thorny flowers include branches that have thorns in them and foliages with thorny appendages on them. Usual colors are white, green and soft colors.
The universal acceptance color for breast cancer is pink, but it is understood and acknowledged that pink is the universally accepted color for cancer survivors. We alsosuggest that you suspend the idea of sending something fragrant if the recipient has just gone through chemo or from heavy medications. For something long lasting, may we suggest a pink flowerring orchid plant.
Flowers are meant to natures accent to any occasion, but unfortunately there are human intervention that may not always be well intended, but there are "old wive's taled" of a lei worn around the neck of a pregnant mother may cause strangulation of her child. Unlike a chain thst she wears has no issues for strangulation even though metal is stronger than flowers. Yet customarily it is deemed of poor taste to allow a pregnant mother to wear a neck lei. Often if a lei is desired, we suggest an "open" untied lei or a head lei (tied together)
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