This review was for the florist at Safeway/Kapahulu. I was seeking succulents for a wedding I was help organizing and the employees said that they could get potted succulents for me to try and then order more if I needed more.
Well they said that they would get their fresh shipments on Tuesday so I visited them Tuesday afternoon and they said it didnt come inbut they took my information and said they'd call me when it arrived. So I said ok no problem.
The following Tuesday came and I visited there again and another staff said who was the manager asked who I spoke to. I said I did not take a name. Because she was not informed about any special orders. So she took my information down again and guess what I went through the same not here yet and will call when ready charade all over again. So I finally said, forget it.
About two weeks afterwards and after I had placed my order with Rainforest, they called me and said that my succulents were ready. I had decided to get a few since feeling bad that they tried to right this situation.
Honestly, the succulents looked very green and they looked very sad. I did buy three pots of it and within a few days the leaves yellowed and died. I took the remaining plant to the man at rainforest and he said that all the plants had severe trauma of root rot. and he uprooted them and he was right, it appeared that they were just stems of cuttings stuck in soil. No roots on anything. Imagine trying to pass these off as plants.
I wonder if they just stick stemmed carnations into pots of soil to sell carnation plants? Must be no?
I had this procedure done by another place and the way they did it at this location was different and a bit uncomfortable. I think they did this because of the limited time issue and it seemed that they were rushed, yet the bill looked like they took more time need to solve this problem.
First of all. I originally went to Watanabe Floral and was not provided with much to go on and the girl I talked with was not very pleasant.
On the other hand, the guy at Rainforest was super knowledgeable and gave me a lot of options and insights as to possible scenarios and even provided me with images he emailed to me about possible floral mages, which made deciding very difficult (but in a good way). I don't recall his name but he was the handsome Asian man that was both funny and serious at the same time. He made me feel comfortable and we laughed a few times. He had suggested that I can also look at many of the upcoming plant sales to seek out specialty growers who might be able to supply me with cuttings and tips for my event. His knowledge about cutting and how they'd stretch if left in a particular manner was invaluable. as I did seek these sources, which by the way, every one of them knew this guy and gave me rave reviews of how talented and fastidious in the way he worked.
I did buy a few from these growers and the guy at rainforest was right, many of the ones he suggested all stretched and lost their compact rose shapes and resembled celery sticks by the end of the week. This was a good experience for me and anyone who thinks they can do it yourself.
I ended up allowing the designer at rainforest to create everything and while it seemed pricey what we got at the end was just perfect. The bride and bride's mother all commented on how grand these arrangements, pew decorations and bouquets were. One of my aunties also told me that many of the succulents that was used was no ordinary cheapy stuff, that she wanted any cuttings of anything that was going to be left. She even told me that she paid ten dollars for a small cutting of the type he used in the decorations, and reception pieces, that even the guests all begged for them afterwards. The colors and forms were spectacular! Many of the jades and leafy succulents were also variegated colored types and rivaled the actual flowers set in between them.
Overall the staff at rainforest was very courteous and the people setting things up were very accommodating and the bride's mother made a few last minute changes with the guy just being polite and doing his best to get things right.
I must say, to try Rainforest, the guy was friendly, knowledgeable and gave me a lot of information you just can't find online or in magazines.
Staff needs to do more research or say they don't know before leading customers on a wild goose chase.
I had been doing research for a friend who was planning to get married. My mission was to seek out what kinds of succulents were available for the period of the wedding date. I had a mission of either checking the price of a composed arrangement with succulents versus making them ourselves.
The first person who I spoke with, a Hawaiian woman, kind of on the heavy side told me that succulents were not available in November and if anything they would be rather sad looking during that time. I remembered attending a wedding last year in early December with nice succulents made for pew pieces and centerpieces.She also suggested that if they could get anything that they'd be imported from the mainland and I would have to pay for outrageous shipping on top of the cost for the succulents.
They quoted me a wedding bouquet composed of roses and orchids with a few succulents for about $200 and this would not be a guaranteed price with the pricing going as high as $300 if the shipping was to be more. The cost for centerpieces was about $100-150 each with just a few in each. OUCH!
This was not a good experience. I took the quote and left a bit disappointed and frustrated.
I did happen to try another florist with better luck, see my review to follow.
I had never been there for lunch and friends took me for a surprise early birthday. We were seated in the rear which was nice and cozy where we girls could get a bit rowdy. But we kept our cool and were lady-like.
I had ordered the pork with bitter greens and polenta, my friends ordered mostly the hamburger. And another friend ordered the salad.
The food came out quickly but my pork seemed a bit dry and hard. The polenta was a bit too greasy and although there was a lot of garlic and butter, it really needed something more than tasting like oil and mashed potatoes.
My friend's burgers seemed a bit well done and the fries were a bit dark and crunchy. Perhaps I am missing something and this is what everyone was expecting. But seriously I thought it looked burnt.
I will try this again and update this review, but I'm not sure if I'll be around this side again.