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Pendent Heliconia “Rostrata Ten Day”

Pendent Heliconia “Rostrata Ten Day”

Pendents are one of the most dramatic flowers in the Heliconia family and our “Rostrata Ten Day” are putting on quite a show this year! The Rostrata plant itself is upright and grows up to 15′ tall. The colorful, waxy flowers hang down from the top of sturdy, large leaf …

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Mother Nature’s gift of fragrance and delicate beauty

Mother Nature’s gift of fragrance and delicate beauty

Kahili Gingers are a summertime favorite at Kalani Tropicals: Peach, Yellow, and White. These exquisite natives of India are grown for their fragrant clusters of blossoms. Just one flower in a room fills the space with such a wonderful perfume! The Yellow Kahili’s Sanskrit name is “Gandasuli”, meaning ”fragrance of …

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In the Anthurium Shade House

In the Anthurium Shade House

We have two separate shade houses for our Anthurium plants: one is for our Obake anthuriums and more rare varieties;  the other is for the smaller anthuriums. The shade, light, and structure of our shade houses are designed especially for growing anthuriums. Many of our tropical plants grow in the …

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Beehives Everywhere!

Beehives Everywhere!

Other members of the Beehive Ginger Ohana have made their debut for this season in Kauai. Every shady spot on our farm has a different Beehive variety poking out from beneath the leaves: Singapore Gold, Early Bloom, Chocolate Ball, Giant Beehive, and Golden Scepter – some of the most unusual …

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Happy Mother’s Day! Hau`oli Lâ Makuahine!

Happy Mother’s Day! Hau`oli Lâ Makuahine!

Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day, of course, is a time to celebrate the Mothers in our family. The word for family in the Hawaiian language is “Ohana”. In our ‘Ohanas there may be multiple Moms to celebrate. The Hawaiian ‘Ohana extends to grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, …

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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

Make a Lei. Share a Lei. Wear a Lei… The custom of Leis was introduced to the Hawaiian islands by the voyaging Polynesians. Poet & author, Don Blanding, is credited with founding “Lei Day” in 1927 in Hawaii. In the early 1900′s when visitors to Hawaii came by boat, the …

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