David Tan named as Executive Director for Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

David Tan and Pauline Lutkenhouse

David Tan and Pauline Lutkenhouse

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 Boston, Ma.

Before joining HTBG in 2004, David had been in Web development with Wired News in San Francisco.

David began his career with HTBG briefly as a Shuttle Driver and Gift Shop Receptionist before taking on the Garden’s advertising, internet presence and public relations duties as well as managing the Garden’s business with the Cruise Lines.  David has also developed the Garden’s Plant Database and made it available online for the education of the general public.

David has been instrumental in helping expand the reach of the Garden and is grateful for the opportunity to do more as Director.

“This is truly a dream come true” says David.  “From my very first day here, I fell in love with this special place called Onomea.  Today I feel so blessed to lead an organization whose mission is the preservation of Onomea Valley and the education of our guests and school groups as to the beauty and importance of tropical plants. Dan and Pauline Lutkenhouse found the valley as an overgrown jungle and dumping ground and created a self-sustaining Nature Preserve and Garden enjoyed by 100,000 visitors each year.  I hope that I too, in my own way, can contribute to making this gem shine even brighter.”

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