Updates from the Farm

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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Calathea “Rattlesnake Shakers”

Calathea “Rattlesnake Shakers”

The Official name for these curious flowers is Calathea but we call them “Shakers”. When the flower dries, the seeds inside make a shaking sound. Calathea also have an appearance of the scales on a rattle snake. The serpent-like scales interweave forming a remarkable pattern. The Shaker flowers range from …

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Learn about Bromeliads

Learn about Bromeliads

One of the most beautiful foliage types we grow in our private collection are Bromeliads. There are 1000′s of species in the Bromeliad family growing throughout North and South America. Some species have become popular as houseplants and others are being used extensively in landscaped gardens in tropical climates. The …

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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

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 lei vendors would set up their lei stands at …

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Best in Show: Our Obake Anthuriums

Best in Show: Our Obake Anthuriums

We are thrilled that our “Madame Pele” Obake Anthurium won Best in Show at this year’s Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. This beautiful flower takes it’s name from the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Pele is said to live in the fire pit of Kilauea crater, in one of the most …

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Anthurium Plant Sale and Lei Making Demonstration

Anthurium Plant Sale and Lei Making Demonstration

It’s time for the annual Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. Along with rides, food and entertainment there will be lots of wonderful plants and flower demonstrations to view. Kalani Tropicals will be participating through the Kauai Anthurium Club and the Hawaii Tropical Flower & Foliage Association (of which we are …

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