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HFNA: Buy Local for Easter and Admin Professionals’ Day

April 12, 2017, 8:12 AM HST
* Updated April 12, 8:15 AM
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The Hawai’i Floriculture and Nursery Association has produced a two-part video entitled, “Floral Designs for Easter and Administrative Professionals’ Day,” which features highlights of HFNA’s floral design workshop presented last July.

The workshop featured renowned floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, A.I.F.D., who demonstrated several arrangements of locally grown flowers and plants for upcoming holidays; Easter is on Sunday, April 16, and is followed by Administrative Professionals’ Day on Friday, April 26.

The video is now airing on public access TV channels statewide (see schedule below).

The workshop footage is followed by a segment that explains the importance of locally grown flowers, foliage and plants, which features Sam Gon, senior scientist and cultural advisor for The Nature Conservancy in Hawai’i.

The video stresses that:

  • Locally grown flowers and plants are an important alternative to imports.
  • They don’t carry the risk of invasive species that comes with imported flowers and plants.
  • Local farms and nurseries provide employment and make Hawai’i’s economy more sustainable.
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For these reasons, the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture created the “Buy Local, It Matters” campaign. The department gives grants for projects that contribute to the production and sale of locally grown flowers and plants as an alternative to imports.

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A recent grant was made to the Hawai’i Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA) for workshops and public outreach.

The showings by Na Leo TV, the community access television provider on Hawai’i Island, will be streamed on the internet at www.NaLeo.tv and telecast on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Television as follows:

Channel 54
Wednesday, April 12, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m.

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Channel 53
Saturday, April 15, 11:30 a.m.
Monday, April 17, 9 a.m.
Friday, April 21, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, 2 p.m.

Hitomi Gilliam. Courtesy photo.

Arrangement by Hitomi Gilliam. Courtesy photo.

Arrangement by Hitomi Gilliam. Courtesy photo.

Arrangement by Hitomi Gilliam. Courtesy photo.

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