BBB 2017 Torch Award

 BBB 2017 Torch Award





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

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.

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