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Kona florist Richard Gouveia dies

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Hawaii 24/7 has learned local florist, feather lei maker and jewelry maker Richard Gouveia has died.

Gouveia, the founder of Flowers for Mama, died Oct. 30, 2013 at his home in Holualoa.

He will be remembered for his artistic floral creations that brought happiness to Kona residents and island tourists. From baby luaus to weddings to receptions for dignitaries, Gouveia’s floral decorations were well-known. His one-of-a-kind feather lei and jewelry pieces were sought after.

Gouveia founded Flowers for Mama with his partner Gene Leslie in 1989. Prior to this endeavor, Gouveia worked at the Sheraton Royal Waikoloa, Kona Village Resort, and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

Friends and family remember Richard as a kind, caring person exhibited by his many thoughtful deeds in helping them in time of need.

Survived by partner Gene Leslie, and parents Richard Sr. and Fanny Gouveia, sister Richa, and nephews and nieces.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Holualoa.

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