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Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 9:06 AM HST

Landmark Hilo flower shop closes

By Ken Hupp - 67AM KPUA News

A long-time Hilo establishment closed its doors this past weekend, as Ann Ebesugawa Kaya, prepared her last commercial flower arrangements and floral leis. The 90-year old Ebesugawa Kaya is the last of six well-known sisters operating the Ebesugawa Sisters flower shop, which has been a fixture on Furneaux Lane for some 80 years. As loyal customers dropped by to pick up their orders and wish Ann well in retirement, she said she leaves with no regrets.

“Life has been so wonderful, even though we lost our husbands, sisters and others, but I think each day we are grateful to God,” Ebesugawa Kaya said. “It is all the public that has been so good to us. Not we. It’s the other way around.”

The shop has been synonymous with Hilo's small town, mom and pop business culture. It was just around the corner from here on Keawe Street where Ann's father started the retail produce business named Ebesu’s in 1932.

Sisters Nappy, Sachi and Ruby no longer work at the flower shop, and sister Kay - who was able to help - died at age 94 in July. The sixth sister, Sets, is also deceased. Now, Ann turns her horticultural eye from the flower shop freezer, to her plants at home. Content for this story was provided by Big Island Video News.

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