Matriarch of Watanabe Floral Has Enjoyed a Long and Full Life

Gregg K. Kakesako
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

When Sandra Watanabe-Lo wheeled her mother, Shizue (Katashima) Watanabe, into their 22,000-square-foot, family-run Watanabe Floral business on Nimitz Highway recently, it was to celebrate a special milestone: Watanabe’s 100th birthday.

“I always bring her here on all special occasions, like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,” said Watanabe-Lo, the youngest of Ernest and Shizue Watanabe’s six children. The Watanabes have been involved in the flower production and floral sales business for nearly three-quarters of a century.

Family members and the floral shop’s staff celebrated Shizue’s 100th birthday with cake and ice cream. The family matriarch sat under a beautiful display of flowers near the entrance to the shop, watching as the employees assisted customers as they entered the store and left with bouquets of flowers and containers of lei.

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