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.



Pronounced PRO-tee-a. 300 million-year-old fossils indicate that Protea are one of the most ancient plants in the world. The name “Protea” is derived from the mythological Greek Sea God, “Proteus,” who had the power to spontaneously change his shape. Appropriately named, there are over 1,500 types of Protea, originating from Australia, Southern Africa and South America. Protea thrive in the windy weather. The majority of Protea grow on the southern- facing slopes. Protea flowers are known for their long-lasting beauty. They last 10-14 days fresh, then dry to soft, muted tones that often last for several years.

The flower is surrounded by colourful bracts which slowly open up to give a flower head as big as 25cm across. It comes in pinks, creams, oranges, charcoal, and are available all year round. Leaves will often blacken so the flowers may be sold with them already removed. The flowerheads are suitable for drying.