From humble beginnings, our family business began in May 1974. Leaving the comforts of home behind, our founder Mori & his wife, Yuki ventured to Hawaii from Japan. He partnered with his brother to purchase land in Volcano and with the knowledge they had as orchid & perennial growers, Mori started growing cymbidium orchids.
Growing Orchids in Volcano, Hawaii
What began as a two person venture has evolved and expanded over the years. After growing cymbidiums for 12 years, Mori decided to explore the cultivation of other orchid plants, specializing in the large, fragrant Cattleya orchid. For over 30 years, he has created original Cattleya hybrids, always looking for the best bloomers, considering color, shape & size. Mori and his orchids have received many awards over the years but he was never in it for recognition. He always says that he continues to create new hybrids so people can enjoy them. But this joy comes with patience. It is a lengthy process to create a new Cattleya hybrid. From initial cross, to selection of seedling, to clone, it takes about 6 years! Mori is able to truly enjoy the creation process now that his son Takeshi has taken over business operations.
The Next Generation & Beyond
In 2010, Takeshi and his wife Corinne decided to move back from the mainland to join the family business. With youthful enthusiasm and fresh ideas, they were ready for this new adventure. They spent time learning and understanding the business as well as the orchid industry so they could find the opportunities to help it transform & grow. With the advancements of technology and the noticeable changes in ordering patterns shifting from phone orders & in-store travelers, they chose to invest in Ecommerce to showcase our orchids & share our knowledge with fellow orchid enthusiasts abroad.
No matter where the industry takes us next, we will continue to uphold our highest standard of quality to create & grow the best Cattleya hybrids. We are so grateful for the orchid community around us and for our dedicated team that continues to push forward. With the knowledge that we have, we’ll continue our mission to grow quality orchids and to share our journey so others can experience the joy of growing orchids.