It’s always nice to read that news in South Korea isn’t completely dominated by the threat of nuclear war. Sometimes, news there concerns nothing more than delicate flowers.
As part of its effort to attract ever more visitors to our islands, the county and the Maui Visitors Bureau set up a booth at this year’s International Flower Festival in Goyang, a city located just north of Seoul in South Korea. What’s more, a group of flower experts and members of the Goyang Flower Foundation awarded the county the Mayor’s Choice Award for Best Booth.
“Our halau and musicians performed twice daily on the main stage, and six to seven times each day within the booth through May 1st,” said county Office of Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen in a May 10 news release. “[T]he Maui County booth was decorated with panoramic photos of Maui Nui, and filled with tropical flowers from Hana and Protea from upcountry Maui.”
Working on the booth were Rasmussen, floral designer Asa Ige, MVB officials Sherry Duong and Jeremiah Savage, a hula halau and ‘ukulele soloist Derick Sebastian. Staffers at the booth also handed out the county’s Korean language brochure “Maui’s Top 12,” describing a dozen popular things to do on the island.
Hawaiian Airlines, which would obviously welcome any increase in tourism to Maui, also chipped in by comping the flower shipment to Korea and providing someone to help run the booth, added the news release.