It's prep time for local flower shops.
Valentine's Day is the biggest profiting holiday for florists. This year it's become a week-long celebration with some bumps in the road.
It's a romantic gesture on Valentine's Day. A bouquet of red roses can add up to more than $100. It's expensive, but expected.
"Everybody wants flowers Valentine morning, which is impossible because we are doing probably 500 flowers for Valentine's Day," said June Nakamoto, owner of Beretania Florist.
This year, Nakamoto said many people aren't going to take that chance. Preorders instead have been flowing in. She said there has been 20 percent more than last year. There are at least 200 preorders already.
That means delivering flowers and gifts starting Monday, five days before the actual love holiday. But there's been thorns in the road this year getting flowers into local stores on time.
"The tropicals were delayed, anthuriums, bird of paradise and sunflowers all from the Big Island," said Nakamoto.
Down the block at Fujikami Florist, the owners faced the same problem. The greenery that's used to supplement the roses like ferns were a few days late. Shipped in from California, the flowers just arrived on Saturday.
"It gave us a good scare coming into this weekend because we like having the products here," said owner George Shikuzawa.
He added, "If we have a shipment that gets delayed even for a few hours it can be very critical as far as having the product available," said Shikuzawa.
But the fact that Valentines day is falling on a Friday is helping flower stores. They say it's a better opportunity to cash in because the Valentine's spirit carries on throughout the week.
"You can have Valentine's come on Monday and people like to have it there all week long and enjoy it," said Shikuzawa.
As a last resort, local growers suggest that local tropicals can be just as romantic.