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Wheel of Fortune to highlight HTBG in their upcoming Hawaii Edition

  If you watch “Wheel of Fortune” regularly, then you know that the highly popular game show often leaves its familiar studio surroundings for exciting destinations across the country.   You may also be aware that “Wheel of Fortune” is coming … Continue reading

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Staff Update

At the end of June, the staff of HTBG gathered together to bid a fond farewell to Mr. Michael DeMey, who after twenty years as our Orchid Specialist has decided to retire to spend more time with his beautiful wife … Continue reading

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In Memory of Dr. Yoneo Sagawa

The Garden lost a longtime Board member and dear friend, Dr. Yoneo Sagawa, on December 10, 2013.  He passed unexpectedly in his sleep at home.  He was 87 years old. Yoneo was from Hawaii Island, born in Olaa on Oct. … Continue reading

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Garden Collections Updates – Phenakospermum guyannense and Pelagodoxa henryana

Back in 1990, Garden Founder Dan Lutkenhouse planted three specimens of Phenakospermum guyannense, the South American Travelers Tree, here in Onomea Valley. Also called “The Big Palulu” or  “Patuju Gigante”, the plant is a monotypic genus native to Northern South … Continue reading

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David Tan named as Executive Director for Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

President Pauline Lutkenhouse and the Board of Directors of Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden have unanimously selected David Tan to serve as the Garden’s Executive Director, effective June 4, 2013. David has a degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College in … Continue reading

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Garden Improvements

Although we lost the Garden’s Visionary Founder,  Dan Lutkenhouse in 2007, his work ethic and high standards continue to be upheld.  Led by Co-founder and wife Pauline Lutkenhouse, efforts to maintain and improve all facets of the Garden continue apace. … Continue reading

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Curtis J. Malia Member of the HTBG Board

The Board of Directors of Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden has recently elected Curtis J. Malia to serve as a Member of the Board. Curtis’s election to our Board is particularly poignant to our Directors. Officers and Staff because he is … Continue reading

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The Garden Receives Award of Excellence from Scenic Hawaii’s 2012 Betty Crocker Landscape Awards

The Garden has received an “Award of Excellence” from Scenic Hawaii’s 2012 Betty Crocker Landscape Awards. Many Thanks to the folks at Scenic Hawaii, Inc. for the recognition and also for all that they do in promoting and carrying out … Continue reading

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What’s Blooming? Heliconia colgantea

This Fantastic Pendant Heliconia, Heliconia colgantea R.R. Sm. ex G.S. Daniels & F.G. Stiles, blooms late in the year, November and December. This year it has been more prolific than ever, producing plenty bright pink bracts and setting plenty of … Continue reading

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The Garden Goes Solar

Paul Lucas and Garden Co-Founder Pauline Lutkenhouse after the installation of our solar power system. The Garden is pleased to announce that we have recently installed a photovoltaic system for our Visitor’s Center. Our 60 solar panels will generate about … Continue reading

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