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 day 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. Leis are for pick up from the store or ship out only. We cannot guarantee the condition of the lei after it is delivered and handled by the recipient.
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.
Inquire if we have pre-made haku's already in the store as we try to keep a few available mid to end of every week. Subject to demand.
*New group of our popular phalaenopsis orchid plants have started to open. Please note that when ordering these at least for the first couple of weeks in January, the plants will have at least one flower open, maybe two. Our weather still have not been back to normal and days with overcast skies and cold nights slows the floweribg priocess.
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!
We should have ample orchids in ceramic pots ready for walk in sales. But should you require a large (5 or more plants) we suggest that you pre-order them as we usually have single to multiple two and three plants per pot.
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.
We use high quality ceramic pottery with our special planting methods for a healthier and happier orchid. Customers say that our plants last twice to three times longer than most other store bought orchid plants and rebloom quicker for a second display after the first has expired.
A very popular planting with orchids uses sturdy air plants and other low maintenance plants combined to grow well together with similar conditions as our orchid plants. We tend to use a vraiety of mixed plants for this and we try to maintain some in store for walk ins.
If you are seeking something like a garden or nature planted look. This collection of orchids, air plants abd branches make an impressive display where orchids alone may appear too sparse. These planters are only for special order as the arrangement will vary as facing one direction or all around.
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 watering method was exceptional. This method should help keep your orchids alive for a many 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.
Over watering will cause root rot. If the orchids roots are dry after 2 to 3 days then you might have a hotter climate than others and may need to water every other day. 1 oz per plant.
Our tropical arrangements incorporate many unique and novel flower and foliage varieties. many exclusive to Rainforest and can only be seen in a Rainforest arrangement. Tropical flowers tend to last longer and provide the best of what Hawaii has to offer. Our tropical arrangements incorporate unique vases with foliage lining, interesting and refreshing design styles and a look that is distinctly Rainforest. Request upright or centerpiece. If you're seeking an upright tropical towards the end of a week, please order in ADVANCED as supplies will be limited by week's end
Our mainland arrangements are made with seasonal and unique flowers. We avoid carnations, pompoms, baby's breath, and are made with the most interesting varieties available. We like unique fillers, hydrangeas, garden and Ecuadorian roses, and for higher prices, incorporate peonies, flowering branches, etc. Selection varies seasonally and during the week. We usually like to arrange them in a vase but we can also make these centerpiece style incorporating a lower profile look. Specify pastel, bright, dark mixed monochrome or other specifics
The term Modern is a vague term as it combines both mainland and local tropical flowers. Often combined in unique formats and containers, clear glass cubes or cylinders lined with interesting foliage and materials. We can combine some plant materials, succulents and air plants are favorites as are pods, branches and sticks, etc. To make these pieces require a little more time and planning and unless we have some already on hand, it is best pre-ordered at least a day in advance.
Our Specialty arrangements vary seasonally and by occasion.
Anniversary arrangements should be considered but try to be different, red roses can be received during Valentine's day, make the Anniversary a bit more special and unique. Her favorite color, the colors from the wedding. Do you remember what it was? It was very important to her. Perhaps an arrangement based on her birth sign. Inquire and make a decision.
Specialty also covers flowers for a 25th/Silver Anniversary, or 50th/Golden Anniversary. The celebration of a special birthday (i.e Yakudoshi) are examples of Specialty arrangements. Inquire by email for suggestions or ideas. Please provide adequate time for inquiries as we may not be able to respond for a same day order request. Asian themed arrangements also fall under this heading style.
We have started to receive orchid plant again but in limited quantities. We usually will post availability on our instagrams as available and when available, make your pre-orders set up for them. As always quantities will be limited until a time when we will receive plants on a regular basis. This may not coincide with your requirement date but hopefully this is something that can be ordered and received even in advance of a date as they will open and last a while when instructions are followed.
An easy gift to receive and enjoy for many months ahead.
Our orchids are potted in high end ceramic vases/pots and lined with green moss for that classic look. Instructions are accompanied with all our plants and when followed they will reward the recipient with many months of beauty.
Event flowers are flowers that serve a specific purpose. May it be just for the day or to fulfill an atmosphere for a special mood. Wedding flowers, a display for a booth, pairing colors to match a brand, a grand opening, or even a bereavement for some loved one. Flowers vary and may be whimsical, garden or even ikebana form. Inquire what your specific needs are and we will try to come up with something. If you're inquiring, please email us with as much detail as possible and we should be able to respond with an affirmitive response during business hours. email directly to:
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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