What I've discovered is some people love red ginger and some do not. I've heard some landscapers warn against red ginger because it's so invasive and spreads like crazy. Several I had spoken to suggested planting soap ginger instead. There are not a lot of commercial places to buy plants in Kailua-Kona. It's more about who you know and family nurseries.
A family nursery is just what you think it is. You go over to somebody's house in Kona, and they dig up something from their yard.
I've been studying the various types of ginger. I'm attracted to it because it flowers for a long time and doesn't require a lot of fussing and because I can't grow it in Sacramento. Something should fill a spot in my garden that seems a bit wet.
Sure enough, when I dug down about 8 inches, I found water. Could be a broken sprinkler system, but I don't think so. Not so sure how ginger will fare in that spot. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Review of Tutu's Plants, Gardens and Nursery in Kailua-Kona.