Melissa Tanji
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Maui boy Asa Ige has taken his love for art and a fondness for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and developed a successful flower design business on his home island. In the process, he has met such notable figures such as television personality Oprah Winfrey, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and even the man who became America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump.

Ige owns and operates Asa Flowers in Wailuku. He began his business in New York City in the early 1980s, selling exotic tropical cut flowers at floral shop, Stamens & Pistils. For a time, he operated two shops: one in Midtown Manhattan and another in Greenwich Village.

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