Take a close look at kupuna making your flower arrangements

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The hustle and bustle of a busy season has arrived at Watanabe Floral.

Take a closer look and you’ll see the people who help keep things running smoothly.

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“I am a floral designer. That’s all I do,” said floral designer Corynne Akitake-telles.

Leland Watanabe is the Purchasing Manager.

Kupuna who works at the flower shop likes to see happy customers.

“It makes them happy and brightens their day,” said distribution clerk Anita Meister. “The flowers are very beautiful and the people are nice people.”

She has worked for the company for 34 years.

“Flowers make me happy,” Meister said.

Akitake-Telles feels the same and said, “It’s like heaven.”

She has been a floral designer here for 10 years.

“Whatever that order is, we will follow it, something that needs to be sent,” Akitake-Telles said.

This is his second career. The 65-year-old said she needed a job that wasn’t too stressful.

“It’s not rocket science. You have to have a passion for it, you love it, you dedicate to it,” Akitake-Telles explained.

She also said her employers were loving and caring, which means a lot to Leland Watanabe, the son of the company’s founders.

“My parents always had this family atmosphere culture of taking care of each other, and I will say we are a team, we work as a team,” Watanabe said.

He is the Purchasing Manager and has been here for 38 years, helping people mark the good times and the bad.

“But the flowers have lifted everything and bring comfort and joy to people, that’s what I love,” Watanabe added. “The good thing about kupunas is that they are experienced, they are reliable and they have a good work ethic.”

They also have a passion for what they do.

“I feel like I’m going to heaven,” Meister said.

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“I wish I had done this all my life, it’s not a source of money but it’s something that makes me whole,” Akitake-Telles said.

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