A Stunning Testimonial from Habilitat, Inc.

Puna Kamalii
Attn: Ms. Vicki Nelson
16-211 Kalara St.
Keaau, HI 96749

Aloha Vicki,

On behalf of the entire Habilitat organization, I would like to extend our gratitude to you and
Puna Kamalii for your generous contribution of Antheriums, Ginger, Ti leaves, Monstera, and
Heliconia. It is through your support that we are able to better the lives of those who have
become involved in substance abuse. Also, for your records, Habilitat’s IRS 501(c)(3) taxexempt
status number is 99-0146306. We appreciate your generosity and belief in our program.
Sincerely,

Annie Bednar

Acquisitions Representative
Habilitat, Inc.

 

PUNA KAMALI’I FLOWERS, INC. Receives Hawaii’s BBB 2017 Torch Award in the Medium Business Category

Contact Person: Vicki L. Nelson

Company’s Name:  Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc.

Phone: 808-982-8322

Email: vicki.nelson@punakamaliiflowers.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

PUNA KAMALI’I FLOWERS, INC. Receives Hawaii’s BBB 2017 Torch Award in the Medium Business Category

 

BBB Torch Awards Honor Ethical Business Practices

 

3/31/2017 – PUNA KAMALI’I FLOWERS, INC.  received the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award in the medium business category at an award ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki on Friday, March 31, 2017. These Awards focus on demonstrated ethical business practices with key stakeholders including customers, employees and community at large, rather than a company’s growth, profitability or popularity. The Torch Award Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges consisting of Hawaii business leaders.

“This year Hawaii’s BBB saw a record breaking number of nominations. Over 80 companies were nominated for this prestigious award,” stated Gregory Dunn, president and CEO, of Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau. “The 2017 winners have shown that ethics and integrity are core values of their organization and join an elite group of organizations that realize dealing fairly and honestly with employees, customers and partners are central to profitability and growth. They serve as role models in the community and it is an honor to present them with this award.”

“We are very honored to be awarded the BBB Torch Award for 2017, medium  business for 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 was 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.” Following dinner and the awards ceremony Covey spoke on the importance of trust and its power and impact in business.

ABOUT BBB: For more than 70 years, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.

About Puna Kamalii Flowers in 2017

Puna Kamali’i Flowers, Inc.

http://flowersfromhawaii.biz/

16-211 Kalara St.

Keaau, Hawaii 96749

808-982-8322

 

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.

2017 FINALIST FOR HAWAII’S BBB TORCH AWARDS 2017

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUNA KAMALI’I FLOWERS, INC.; DBA EMPLOYMENT NETWORK HAWAII; DBA PKF DOCUMENT SHREDDING SERVICE, FINALIST FOR HAWAII’S BBB TORCH AWARDS 2017

BBB Torch Awards Honor Ethical Business Practices

02/14/2017 – PUNA KAMALI’I FLOWERS, INC., DBA EMPLOYMENT NETWORK
HAWAII, DBA PKF DOCUMENT SHREDDING SERVICE is a finalist at the Hawaii’s
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!

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