PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCIES, KAINUI TROPICALS HAS CLOSED THEIR LITTLE GRASS SHACK ON PARK AVENUE, BUT CONTINUE TO OFFER THE SAME BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DELIVERY IN ROCHESTER OR SHIPPING THROUGHOUT THE U.S. VIA THEIR WEBSITE, KAINUITROPICALS.COM.
One day about two years ago, I was walking along the streets of Park Avenue and saw the sign “Kainui Tropicals” in front of a small shop. Out of curiosity, I walked in and found myself in Rochester’s own little corner of Hawaii.
Camilo “Aukai” Delmendo and Prince David Castro O Ka Hale O Keoua Nui are cousins and own Kainui Tropicals. Inspiration to launch the company came when they visited family in Rochester a number of years ago and realized there were no tropical florists here. They first opened in Henrietta, then moved their shop near the corner of Park Avenue and Oxford Street in Rochester.
Aukai was born in Honolulu and grew up on the windward side of O’ahu. There, his mother was a lei maker and he developed a love for tropical flowers. He soon began designing for one of Hawaii’s best-known floral design companies and worked with the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Wakiki and the Hilton Waikoloa in Kona.
Prince David was raised by his grandparents on the island of Oahu and is the direct descendent of Prince Kalokuokamaile, the brother of King Kamehameha the Great. David is the author of several books about his Hawaiian ancestry and culture. In addition to working in their floral shop, he works here in heating and air conditioning, a business he learned from his grandfather.
All of the flowers used in Kainui Tropical’s lovely and exotic creations are overnighted fresh from Hawaii, and many come from their family’s farm in Hawaii where they grow tropical flowers.
Few people realize how long tropicals last. Many of the varieties will look lovely for 2 to 3 weeks, so they are great for centerpieces or gifts for holidays and birthdays. They also make for stunning and unique wedding bouquets and centerpieces.
To place an order, call 585.764.0802 or to see their selections and order online simply, CLICK HERE.