For the seventh year in a row, a third generation, family-run, local florist has given away fresh roses with the hopes of inspiring others to be good neighbors.
“And so we are giving you a dozen roses and you’re supposed to keep one for yourself and give 11 to different people. And it can be a friend or a stranger, so you can give it to anybody,” Beretania Florist owner Celeste Nakamoto said.
This Sept. 11, also known as Good Neighbor day, starting at 7 a.m. they will have 7,500 roses in bloom until supplies last.
“It’s really fun for people because they get to brighten someone’s day with just one flower,” Farinas said.
“Every one of those canned goods makes a difference in somebody’s lives,” Hawaii Foodbank Director of Development Polly Kauahi said.
Each good neighbor is asked to bring a donation for the Hawaii Foodbank. The non-profit organization services 183,000 people. They say most of their clients still have not recovered from the recent economic downturn.
“They don’t even have $5 to last them for an entire week of groceries,” Kauahi said.
The foodbank warehouse is currently stocked with 10 days worth of food, but more is needed.
“The warehouse sometimes it looks full, but it’s never really full,” Kauahi said.
Beretania Florist says they use the honor system when it comes to giving away the free roses for a foodbank donation. Last year, they collected more than 300 pounds of food for the Hawaii Foodbank.
“Because we are a small shop, it’s good for us to be able to give back to the community,” Farinas said.
You’ll find that love blooms where kindness is planted and hopefully a little kindness will go a long way this Sept. 11.
“It’s so great to turn a tragedy into such a blessing,” Kauahi said.