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Who Are We?

The Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens was organized in 1961 as the Friends of Foster Garden. Its purpose is to support the programs of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens and to spread knowledge and the enjoyment of plants. In the spring of 1961 we began offering a wide range of classes with the intent of educating the public. Included were demonstrations on horticulture, workshops like lei making, tours featuring travel to Europe in 1969, New Zealand in 1984, neighbor island hikes led by Lorin Gill (85 total), and over 100 hikes on Oahu.

Those (from ’64 to ’81) were the halcyon years when the Friends produced lavish exhibitions like Living Lanais and nine magnificent Flora Pacifica shows.

Our organization supported numerous plant collection safaris, brought some of the world’s great authorities on botanical gardens to help plan additions to the collections and to evaluate Honolulu’s Botanical Gardens with other world famous botanical gardens.

Many educational study and travel grants were funded for the gardens’ professional staff. Over the years more than 90% of the funding for plant acquisitions was funded by the Friends. We also funded computerization of accession records from 1987-92 through the purchase of a state of the art computer program. In 1990 we purchased a computerized label-making machine to replace the antique label embosser.

To help fund our programs we have held more than 46 plant sales. The first plant sale was held in the spring of 1961. Our 50th Spring Plant Sale took place May 29,2010.

As volunteer groups developed at three gardens, first at Foster Garden, then at Wahiawa and Ho’omaluhia, it became obvious that we would have to change our name. So in 1993 we formally became the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens.




Emmy Seymour
President


Adelaide Kistner -
2nd Vice President

 

Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens
2017 - 2018 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Name

Office

Emmy Seymour


President
 


Bill Follmer


1st Vice President
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Adelaide Kistner


2nd Vice President


Diana Snyder


3rd Vice President


Greg Boxold


Treasurer
 


Jann Boxold


Secretary
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Trustees:

 

Bill Follmer,
1st Vice President
 

 

Jan Boxold
Secretary
 


Heidi Bornhorst


Grace Dixon


Alexander Kufel
 



Dana Anne Yee  



Ray Higa

Bonnie Andrew

Heidi Bornhorst

Jeremy Bush

    Grace Dixon Click here for bio

Alexander Kufel

Dave Kumasaka

Mary Jane Lee

Bob Lormand

Pat Masters

David Orr

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Alvin Tsuruda

Thomas S. Witten

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Dana Anne Yee

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    Rick Towill

Ray Higa

Joyce Spoehr

EX OFFICIO

Nelson H. Koyanagi, Jr.


Director, Budget & Fiscal Services

Michele Nekota


Director, Parks and Recreation

Stan Oka


Administrator, Division of Urban Forestry

Winnie Singeo


Director, Honolulu Botanical Gardens

STAFF

Kathy Tosh

Administrative Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Witten



Pat Masters
 


David Orr
 


Bob Lormand


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