US (HI): Florists report shortage of lei, helium ahead of Mother’s Day, graduation season

The owner of Tina's Lei Shop in Chinatown relies heavily on Mother's Day and graduation season to sustain her small business.

"We were making enough profit to pay our rent for the whole year," said owner Tina Nguyen.
This shop might see ten people during a typical day, but hundreds of people come here for lei during Mother's Day and graduation season.

After almost three years of losses due to COVID-19, Nguyen says she is facing another major obstacle -- a shortage of lei.

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