The World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast has a new Operations Manager.
Phyllis Segawa will be responsible for management of all business development and operations, staffing, budgeting and planning, according to Ken Francik, Chairman of the Board for World Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Although the announcement was first made during the festive opening of the Zip Isle Adventure attraction, located on the undulating grounds of the gardens, the official word came down today in a media release.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a local person with Phyllis’ business expertise,” Francik said. “We see a great future for the Gardens as well as the greater Hilo area, and her leadership and decision-making will be a significant part of that.”
Segawa is the former Executive Director of the Volcano Art Center, and also has 12 years experience as Visitor Program Director at the National Tropical Botanical Garden at Kauai.
“This is an exciting time for the Gardens and the new Zip Isle Zip Line Adventure to become more of a primary attraction area that can benefit everyone,” Ms. Segawa said in the media release. “For me, it is also a real opportunity to continue and expand beneficial relationships with the local community, visitor industry, and educational and botanical groups.”
The announcement heralds a new energy for the venture, which has been in operation since 1995. The garden boasts 300 acres of managed flora on former sugarcane fields in Umauma. The attraction is also home to a number of impressive waterfall vistas.
“We have arrived,” Francik added in the written release. “We were also honored a few weeks ago to have Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, visit our Zip Isle Zip Line with his group.”