Eric and Harold Tanouye
Harold Tanouye, President of Green Point Nurseries, started in the flower business when he returned to Hawai'i from college.
It was 1957, and Hilo 's economy had not yet recovered from the impact of WWII.
People were moving away.
wanted to live in his
hometown and he
recognized a demand for anthuriums, which military personnel had sent home to parents and girlfriends during the war, and which people were still shipping via airmail and special delivery.
Growing anthuriums in Hilo was only a part-time, backyard-type cottage industry then.
"I decided I wanted to do it as a business," he
and Eric are the third and fourth generations of the Tanouye family to farm in Hawai'i.
remembers decades ago when a group of Mainland wholesalers toured the farm, and then told him that the reason they decided to buy from Green Point
was because the farm was so neat and clean.
It was Harold
who came up with the hermetically sealed, gusseted polyethylene bag inside the carton, which changed how flowers are shipped and is now the industry standard.
At Green Point
, we were among the first to put up large shade houses for growing.
We were the first at large-scale use of cinder as growing material, and to start irrigating here in Hilo .
"We have made it because of innovation," says Harold