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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hawaii's Lyon Arboretum gets $200,000

Advertiser Staff

Lyon Arboretum has received $200,000 from Susan and Steve Chamberlin, the University of Hawaii said today.

The botanical garden is named after Harold L. Lyon, the man who founded it and oversaw its growth for nearly 40 years.
The gift will be added to the Robert L. Cushing Endowment, established by Susan Chamberlin’s father. Cushing was a UH regent from 1967 to 1974.
“My father made his gift because he admired and respected Harold Lyon and because Hawaiian agriculture was so essential to his working life here," said Susan Chamberlin. "It seemed important to me to acknowledge the continued importance of the botanical world in Hawai‘i,” she continued. “ Having our family foundation gives us the opportunity to make gifts that are meaningful in size and scope. I also wanted to acknowledge the stability and renewed interest in the Arboretum under Christopher Dunn’s leadership; most people who are philanthropic must feel inspired by the leadership in order to give.”