How We Got Our Name
Aloha mai and welcome to the Kaua’i Fruit & Flower Company, Kauai’s favorite source for exporting tropical fruits, flowers and unique gifts filled with island treats! Locals also know Kauai Fruit & Flower Company as the “Pineapple Store” for take home of approved Kaua’i grown pineapples, papaya’s and gift boxes of tropical flowers and leis. The Kaua’i Fruit & Flower is located 3 minutes away from the Lihu’e Airport on Highway 56! It’s nestled between once verdant cane fields that today is open ranch lands at the base of Kalepa ridge on Kaua’i’s east shore.
Historical Store Tidbits
Native Hawaiians that lived in the surrounding area would share and trade their harvest from the uplands and fresh catch from the surrounding oceans near Hanamaulu Bay. In the early part of the last century the Lihue Plantation Company was mainly responsible for the existence of the building at the current location. In the early 1950’s, construction of the wood mill and wood shop were built – thus a legacy was born.
The plantation style building would continue operating into the late 1980’s as the only Native Hawaiian operated manufacture of Hawaiian wood products and small furniture. The original store was named “the Old Hardwood Factory.” Creating classic and unique wood products, calabash bowls, platters, Hawaiian umeke and other house wear hand designed and harvested from Kauai’s forest. The store continued operating over the decades in various formats but still under the original families until the early 1990’s. Family members had moved on while others retired and the torch was passed to the next generation. Since the 1990’s they’ve continued the operation as the Kaua’i Fruit & Flower Company.
Seize the Opportunity
With the Spirit of Aloha, they embraced the economic changes that brought about new challenges and continued to press forward. They say remembering their rich heritage and Na Kupuna (elders) helps keep things in perspective.
In 2000 Kauai Fruit & Flower Company was awarded the Small Business of the Year by the State of Hawaii for their advocacy and support of the intellectually disabled. This achievement was made possible due to the years of effort to make accommodations for work opportunity and job training for the disabled. Getting other Kauai Business people to support our disabled Adults with work opportunity is Pono.
For the past fifteen years Frommers Travel has chosen the Kaua’i Fruit & Flower for the “Best Tropical Smoothie” on Kaua’i! Any and all accolades of such are also a tribute to the hard working staff, suppliers and growers, loyal customers and their faith in ke Akua.
From the ‘Ohana at the Kaua’i Fruit & Flower Company, Mahalo a nui for shopping with us and your support, friendship and shared love of Hawaiian fruits, flowers and all things Kaua’i!
a hui hou