Commercial Banking

Watanabe Floral, Inc.

Russell Watanabe, CEO

Watch the video CEO Russell Watanabe and GM, Sales & Marketing Director Monty Pereira

“For many good reasons, we started with Bank of Hawaii way back. Tradition, history, stability, strength, supporting the communities in Hawaii—all of these reasons.” -Russell Watanabe

Founded in 1945, Watanabe Floral is now celebrating 78 years in business. It was started on Oahu by Russell’s parents, Ernest and Shizue Watanabe, whose romance was interrupted by World War II. When Ernest returned home to marry his sweetheart, he decided to grow roses for all the people being reunited after the war. From these humble beginnings, the company grew and evolved from a rose grower to a wholesaler, retailer and designer that now purchases flowers from all over the world. Today their team of 70 people has more than 100 years of combined experience in creating award-winning floral designs for any occasion from the largest selection of cut flowers in Hawaii. However, their main focus remains sharing the spirit of aloha in how they treat one another and their guests, and how they involve themselves in the community. They take great pride in continuing Ernest’s and Shizue’s legacy of helping people express their feelings when words alone may not be enough.


2023 Annual Report

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