From Hilo Hat to Japanese Blouse

Hideaki & Tomoyo Ueta are four times repeat visitors to Hilo from Japan. Here Tomoyo, on her most recent visit in September, has selected a gift for her Mother from my Farmers Market location in Hilo. This magnet brooch starts off decorating Tomoyo’s hat but finally ends up as a lovely adornment for Mother at home in Japan, who can hardly believe my flowers are preserved permanently. She uses the wonderful translation that they are “eternal” which might be flattering to me, delightful misuse of English to linguists but a challenge to pedantic botanists!

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