KULA - Paradise Flower Farms in Kula reported Wednesday that it is taking orders for flower lei graduations next week.
In response to a story in The Maui News on Tuesday reporting a shortage of flowers and lei, Erica Rasmussen said the farm has tuberose, carnations, rosebuds, plumeria, ti leaf, lantern ilima and crown flowers.
Her mother, Teena Rasmussen, also the county economic development coordinator, reported that the farm has turned out equal or more numbers of flowers than last year. She said that part of the flower shortage for some florists and some other lei-makers has been because of the lack of imports such as the orchids from Thailand that were damaged by bad weather.
Although people should have placed their orders in advance, lei are still available on island because the farm is sending lei almost daily to major supermarkets on the island, Erica Rasmussen said.
"There are still plenty of fresh, locally grown flowers to spread the aloha this graduation season," she added.