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Here are a few pictures of our clients cleaning ti leaf logs and making ti leaf leis. The reason for cleaning the ti logs because we cut them in small three inch sizes and ship them to one of our customers who use them in his business.
Have a great day!!
Here are a few pictures of our amazing job coaches and clients making ti leaf lei’s today with an order of 100 lei’s.
A little Hawaiian history about the Ti Leaf:
One of the introduced plants to Hawai’i by the early Polynesians was a tall, stalk with tightly clustered, green, oval and blade-shaped leaves. The leaf was about 4 inches wide and varied from 1 to 2 feet long. It was a fast growing woody plant that reached from 3 to 12 feet in height. The plant was Cordyline fruticosa. Known to the Hawaiians as Ki, it was a ti plant, a member of the lily family.
Ki was considered sacred to the Hawaiian god, Lono, and to the goddess of the hula, Laka. It was also an emblem of high rank and divine power. The kahili, in its early form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the kahuna priests in their ancient religious ceremonial rituals as protection to ward off evil spirits and to call in good.
There were many uses for the ti plant in old Hawai’i. The boiled roots were brewed into a potent liquor known as ‘okolehao. The large, sweet starchy roots were baked and eaten as a dessert.
This versatile plant also had many medicinal uses, either alone or as a wrapping for other herbs needing to be steamed or boiled. The ti leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs, used in poultices and applied to fevered brows.
A drink from boiled green ti leaves were used to aid nerve and muscle relaxation. Steam from boiled young shoots and leaves made an effective decongestant.
The leaf was also used as a protection sign. In Hawaiian history people would first throw the leaf into rivers throughout Hawaii in order to get acceptance to enter the waters. If the leaf floated on the water it was safe to enter the river, but if it sunk, that meant the Mo’o Wahine Goddess was in the waters at that time and it was not safe to enter.
The pleasantly fragrant flowers were also used for asthma. Besides its use in healing practices, the large ti leaves became roof thatching, wrappings for cooking food, plates, cups, fishing lures on hukilau nets, woven into sandals, hula skirts, leis and rain capes.
Our farms are loaded with Ti leafs, so if you need any please call us at (808) 982-8322, have a great day!
These are just a few of our ideas for weddings, if you have a theme, color, flower preferences, etc please let us know by calling (866) 982-8322. We will be more then happy to help you plan floral decorations for your special day. Aloha!
Birds of Paradise is one of the most beautiful that we have growing on our farms here in Hawai’i. Birds of Paradise are native to South Africa and bloom from September through May.
The unusually beautiful shape and brilliant colors of Birds of Paradise have made these flowers not just a designer’s favorite, but also a popular symbol of paradise.
The popular Birds-of-Paradise plant bears a unique flower that resembles a brightly colored bird in flight, giving it the common name, Bird of Paradise. The Birds-of-Paradise flowers make the plant an exceptionally attractive landscape plant, that’s why you can find it growing all over Hawaii.
Birds of Paradise Plant Care
- The Bird of Paradise does require a good amount of sunlight.
- Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system for the Birds of Paradise.
- Watering can be reduced after establishment.
- Feed Birds of Paradise plants with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
- Floral preservative for Birds of Paradise is recommended and is available commercially.
Our farm is filled with beautiful bird of paradise flowers. If you are interested in purchasing any whether it is for decoration, a bouquet, or even want to take it home to plant and care for it in your own garden, please give us a call at (866) 982-8322, ALOHA!
Here are a few of the tropical Hawaiian flowers that we’re fresh cut today and ready to be put into a bouquet. We have many beautiful orchids, anthuriums, tropic fleur, bird of paradise, ginger, barbatus, beehive, and ivory and pink mink available. Call us today to get your own bouquet (866) 982-8322. Have a great day and happy holidays!!
Our farms are currently all stocked up with mini red torch ginger, tropical fleur, and birds of paradise. If you are interested in purchasing any, please call us today at (866) 982-8322.
Our farm is currently stocked up with beautiful mini red torch
Awesome clients working to make shredded newsprint flower packing material. The first thing you notice at Puna Kamalii Flowers is not the flowers it’s the employees. You see Puna Kamalii Flowers is in the business of giving developmentally disabled individuals something that far too many of us take for granted at times: the self-confidence and joy that comes from having a job. This is the only job many of these individuals have ever had and as long as individuals like you continue to purchase our flowers it could be the only job they will ever need.
Here employees come first and customers are family. Won’t you join us by making a purchase today? The flowers are beautiful and the workers are simply awesome. Please call us today at (866) 982-8322