By Hadley Nunes
‘Ohi — How to Gather and Arrange Hawaiʻi’s Flora was published by Paiko Press and released in November 2016. The book is a collaboration between Paiko founder Tamara Rigney and photographer Mariko Reed. The duo also worked with Jeff Canham who designed the book and did the illustrations. Rigney’s floral design studio ʻOkika is situated inside a compact studio on the first floor of Lana Lane Studios.
Inside ‘Ohi you’ll find all the tools necessary to make gathering and arranging flowers in your home a joyful adventure along with stunning examples of arrangements set inside homes across Oʻahu.
The idea behind the book is to demystify floral design and reclaim the practice as an accessible art form. The guide shows us how floral arranging using flowers harvested nearby or purchased locally can bring the beauty of nature indoors as well as foster a renewed connection to the vivid (and plant-rich) environment we are so fortunate to call home.
A wide variety of flowers and foliage are introduced including their backgrounds, accessibility in nature for foraging and important tips on care and hydration. The guide includes some playful tips on harvesting, that also remind us where we’re from, such as banana-bread-bartering and a reminder to “thank the forest and ask permission to take the cuttings with you.”
This stunning book is informative and welcomes a casual DIY approach to floral design—one that resonates with a deep appreciation for our natural world and our relationship to it. The book can be purchased online here or at Paiko, our favorite botanical boutique and coffee oasis just down the street that Rigney co-owns with business partner Courtney Monahan.