Tour Lyon Arboretum
Lyon Arboretum's gardens and trails — including a 1.5-mile roundtrip walk that leads to 'Aihualama Falls — are open for self-guided tours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
Sign in at the visitor center, 3860 Manoa Road, and pick up a trail map before exploring the grounds. Suggested donation: $5. Mosquito repellent is recommended.
"Furlough Fridays for Fertile Minds"
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 5
This new addition to Lyon Arboretum's lineup for children touches on science, math, nutrition, art and physical education, with hikes on arboretum's trails, gardening and lessons about Hawaiian plants.
Note: Other Fridays for the remainder of the school year are booked with school field trips and other activities.
Lyon Arboretum is now accepting images of native Hawaiian plants for a photo contest marking Endangered Species Day, May 15.
Not sure whether your subject matter is native or an invasive transplant? Check out the arboretum's online plant resources, www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum.
The arboretum's dense 200 acres is packed with a mix of native and non-native plants — in all, 5,000 species. Researchers tend to about 40 rare species thriving there in a greenhouse.
Endangered Species Day will be tied to a weeklong event that also includes a celebration of National Public Gardens Day, May 7. It will feature special tours and activities, such as an oshibana (pressed flowers) demonstration.
The photo contest's divisions: second- to fifth-grade students; sixth to eighthgrade; ninth to 12th grade; and age 18 and older. Entries will be judged by Lyon Arboretum staff, volunteers, and visitors. Photographs will remain on display throughout the month of May.
— Maureen O'Connell