About Puna Kamalii Flowers in 2017

Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc.


16-211 Kalara St.

Keaau, Hawaii 96749



Vicki Nelson, co-founder of Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc., started her business with her husband in 1998 after searching for employment for her son with developmental disabilities.

After realizing there were limited jobs available for him, Vicki said she saw a void she needed to fill. Now her business has helped more than a hundred individuals throughout the years.

“This company is about helping people with developmental disabilities find work,” Vicki said.

Currently there are about 37 people working at the company and about half of her employees are people with developmental disabilities.

On the company’s website, numerous testimonials pay homage to their employer describing how the work they perform may be challenging at times, but has instilled within them a sense of self-worth and independence.

One employee, Orren Flores, even refers to his job as a “second home.”

“It is a lot of fun to work here and I hope to work here for a long time,” he writes.

Vicki believes that it’s important for people with developmental disabilities find gainful employment because, like everyone else, work gives them a sense of accomplishment, pride and joy.

Located in Keaau on the eastside of the island, Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc. offers a wide-range of services including tropical flower sales and specialized tours. They also act as a vocational training center, provider services, and employment center and offer retail or wholesales for floral gift boxes, tropical cut flowers, tropical plants, leis, tropical foliage and more. They also provide confidential document shredding services, as well.

Vicki said they’re always looking to grow and expand their opportunities and business partnerships on the island.  Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc also accepts donations. For more information about Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc and all they have to offer, you may visit their website online at www.flowersfromhawaii.biz.


Contact Person: Vicki L. Nelson, President, Owner
Company’s Name Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc., dba Employment Network Hawaii, dba PKF Document Shredding Service

Phone: 808-982-8322 Email: vicki.nelson@punakamaliiflowers.com



BBB Torch Awards Honor Ethical Business Practices

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award. An award ceremony will be held Friday
March 31 at the Sheraton Waikiki. These Awards focus on demonstrated ethical
business practices with key stakeholders including customers, employees and the
community at large, rather than a company’s growth, profitability or popularity.
“BBB’s Torch Award finalists have shown that ethics and integrity are core
values of their organization,” said Gregory Dunn, President and CEO of Hawaii’s BBB.
“Our finalists not only believe in the high standards promoted by the BBB, but also
consistently act on and integrate them into their daily practices.”

“We are very honored to be nominated for the BBB Torch Awards for 2017 for
business Ethics. Our commitment to marketplace excellence along with
representing our state and communities gives us the motivation to do this type of
business in Hawaii”, said Vicki Nelson, owner. “Serving persons with developmental
disabilities in vocational training and gainful wage employment is rewarding in so
many ways. All we wanted was a job for our son, Zeb, and now we’ve been able to
expand opportunities to so many others which positively changes lives and impacts
families and communities.”

This year’s BBB Torch Award keynote speaker is Stephen M. R. Covey, co
founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. Covey is
also a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The SPEED of
Trust.” A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust,
leadership, ethics and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world.

Cleaning Ti Logs Today

Aloha all,

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!!

Making Ti Leaf Lei’s Today!

Aloha everyone,

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!

2012 Bridal Fair & Wedding Expo

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!


Bird of Paradise Facts & Tips

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!

Flowers Ready for Bouquet


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!!