“Really Real” flowers: Hilo, Hawai`i

Wandering through Hilo’s farmers’ market, Alie’s eye was caught by flowers turned into jewelry.  The young lady selling them said the process was developed by a friend of her family.  When I got home, I did a little more research.

This post is not an advertisement, but I suppose it reads like one.  I am continuously impressed, however, by people’s ingenuity and creativity.

Peter Honeyman developed and patented the process by which live flowers absorb preservatives.  He advertises “Real Flower Jewelry: Permanent, Flexible…They will not dry out or wilt.  Each has thus been turned into a permanent fresh cut flower!

They can be damaged, however, and should not be crushed.  They are dusted with a clean soft brush or washed with luke-warm clean water.

The preservative protects against ultraviolet light, but a few colors are enhanced to create a natural look.  “Each piece is unique.  Because every flower is real and each piece is handcrafted…While most flowers change colors over the years, ours will be retained, softening in intensity, developing a “patina” or more “mellow” look.

We purchased these for Alie’s sister.

Peterman was successful enough to develop a mass-production facility while working in California, Oregon and Hawai`i.  But in 2005, he scaled back and moved all production to Hilo.  He further scaled back after the 2007 recession.  But you don’t have to go to Hawai`i.  Like just about everyone else today, he has a website:                                                   http://realflowerjewelry.com

Click on photos to enlarge.

P.S.  If you are thinking about visiting Hawaii, please do not be deterred by the recent volcanic activity.  The Big Island is the only island with an active volcano.  The others are dormant, have moved away from the “hot spot” and will stay dormant.  Even the Big Island of Hawaii is big.  Most of the island is not effected by the lava flows.  I believe, with reasonable caution, you will be safe.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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4 Responses to “Really Real” flowers: Hilo, Hawai`i

  1. Dee Gilbert says:

    Wow. That’s impressive!

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  2. Sue Slaght says:

    What an intriguing process and a brilliant souvenir. I’m sure the people of Hawaii appreciate your first hand account of the situation there. With tourism being so vital to the economy the message that the other islands are fine and even the big island in other areas is important information to share.

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  3. What a key note on Hawaii Ray and Alie. You would think Godzilla runs rough shod over the entire state, with how news covers it. Travel and see those areas not affected by the flows to help people from this awesome island out.


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  4. What an interesting technique.
    I wish them good luck.

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