George Allan Goes Native recently featured at Viewpoints
Gallery is a show in which George Allan put the spotlight on Native
Hawaiian plants. A portion of all opening night sales went to benefit
the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Keopuolani Central Park in Kahului.
The lease from the County of Maui has recently been transferred
to a new nonprofit organization, Maui Nui Botanical Garden, Inc.
They are now taking over responsibility for the native plant garden
and will work to save what is left of the once-thriving 5-acre garden.
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by George Allan
George's interest in native plants and trees began 27 years
ago when he first moved to Lahaina and joined the Mauna Ala
Hiking Club. Club member, Rene Sylva, was one of the world's
foremost authorities on Hawaiian plant species. Mr. Sylva
started the native garden at what was then the Maui Zoo. When
the Zoo was closed, most of the garden was destroyed by neglect.
The Allans are members of Maui Nui Botanical Garden, Inc.
and are anxious to get the Garden rejuvenated and performing
a needed educational purpose in the community. More native
plants are becoming extinct yearly, and the Garden will encourage
the propagation and use of native plants in home landscaping
and around governmental and commercial buildings.
Tom Calhoun, a woodworker extraordinaire whose furniture
designs are exquisite, added three Hawaiian wood pieces to the show.
He is also a member of the Garden and of the Native Hawaiian Plant
Society, as is George.
A red dot
is used to indicate a piece has been sold.