CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii – In this video interview conducted in the final days before the closure of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, cultural practitioner Ka’uhane Ben Heloca talks about the effort to explore ways to continue stewardship of the garden. Heloca says the garden is a beloved South Kona resource that has become “a second home” to many in the community.
Bishop Museum announced their plan to sell the 15-acre property earlier this month in order to refocus on and improve its Oahu campus. The disposition of assets that the Museum says no longer fit their long-term mission and goals includes 537 acres in – or 70% percent of – Waipi’o Valley.
The garden was bequeathed to Bishop Museum in 1974 as as an “educational and cultural resource” upon the death of owner Amy Greenwell, a well known botanist and archeologist.
Sunday is the last day the public will be able to visit the garden.