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. 11, 1926.
He received a B.A. in Zoology and M.S in Botany from Washington University, St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Cytogenetics from the University of Connecticut.

In 1964, he became a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Hawaii, Manoa until he retired in 2009.  He was well known in horticulture and the orchid world in particular.  He penned many articles for scientific journals and was a sought after consultant for orchid propagation all over the world.

With HTBG he was a trusted advisor who traveled from Honolulu to Hilo for every Board Meeting and he provided the seed money for the establishment of the Garden’s Fruit Tree Orchard.

Soft-spoken but always giving of his time and knowledge, Dr Sagawa was a tremedous asset to HTBG and many others in the world of Horticulture.  He will be missed.

A personal note from Pauline Lutkenhouse:

“Best Friends Dr. Yoneo Sagawa and Dan Lutkenhouse enjoyed a special friendship lasting 30 years.  Yoneo was a true, respectful, giving and cherished friend, and Dan loved him

Each time Yoneo was chosen to bestow his knowledge in awarding a PHD to a young person from another country, he invited the youngster to live in his home; another example of this compassionate human being.

It was our privilege to share Yoneo’s gift of friendship.”

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