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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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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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Direct Flights to Hilo starting in June

For quite some time there has been no direct service between Hilo and the Mainland. That is set to change on June 9th, 2011 when UAL’s Continental Airlines will begin service between Hilo and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. … Continue reading

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Platycerium wandae

Click for Full Screen Platycerium wandae This enormous fern is endemic to New Guinea. The Garden’s specimen has reached a height of over 6 feet.

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Saving Rare and Endangered Palms

Palm Vista at HTBG Part of our mission at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is to educate our visitors about the endangerment of the world’s rainforests and to acquire, preserve and propagate as many rare and endangered tropical plant species as … Continue reading

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Garden Improvements – Revitalizing Lily Lake

Twenty years ago, Garden Founder Dan Lutkenhouse envisioned adding a large pond in the center of the Garden as a home for Koi and Goldfish and as a showcase for Water Lilies and other aquatic plants. He and the Garden … Continue reading

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Was that a Hummingbird?

Our Garden and Gift Shop staff are often asked by visitors, “Was that a Hummingbird I saw?” The answer is No, Hummingbirds are not found in Hawaii.  The small creature they are referring to is a day-flying moth. Two species … Continue reading

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Garden Founder Celebrates His 84th Birthday!

Garden Founder, Dan Lutkenhouse, pictured with several Durian fruits from the Garden’s tree Our Founder, Dan Lutkenhouse, celebrated his 84th birthday on June 8, with the Garden staff and close friends. Our office was quite a festive place, decorated with … Continue reading

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