When Maria and Mary met they bonded over a common first name and a mutual love of all things beautiful and botanical. They dreamed of combining their diverse backgrounds and creating something extraordinary. From there Hele Mele Botanicals was born: “Hele” meaning “go” in Hawaiian, and “Mele” being the transliteration of Mary and Maria. Collectively they offer multifaceted botanical creations and experiences in a signature ‘graciously Hawaiian’ style.
At the age of sixteen Maria’s parents forced her to get a job. She started out in a kiosk in Solana Beach, California with an amazing mentor who taught her about the floral industry. She fell in love with everything blossoming and green. This early job led to 20 years of experience in designing and styling florals. Eventually she purchased the kiosk, and it would become the first of many shops she would own throughout her career. After many years as an independent florist, she became a freelance designer and helped open two upscale floral shops in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. She then moved on as head floral designer at the Ritz Carlton, San Juan Puerto Rico, where she was involved in all aspects of botanical design for the day-to-day hotel operations, indoor and outdoor landscaping, as well as special events. She is excited to share her lifelong passion for blooms and botanicals.
Mary Moriarty Jones
Originally from Kauaʻi, Mary is a lover of all things botanical. She is a lifelong and award-winning lei maker who creates and teaches all seven styles of traditional Hawaiian lei making, as well as several styles from Micronesia and other parts of Polynesia. She has studied floral design in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana for over a decade and holds a Yonkyu Shihan - 4th Grade Teaching Certificate as well as a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona. With a career in construction, landscape design and real estate she combines her management experience with her floral arts to ensure quality delivery. She believes it was her destiny to work surrounded by all the best of Hawaii’s flora as her Hawaiian name given at birth is Pua Nani O Ka Mahi, which means “beautiful flower of the garden. “