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Community Classes

Important Information

All classes offered below are held on site at Lyon Arboretum and may be offered at different times of the year. Instructors may vary or change and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Registration and payment are required for enrollment.  Please see the calendar for additional information. We hope to see you soon!

To register, call the Arboretum’s Business Office at (808) 988-0456.

Children’s Classes and Workshops

Outside Art!

Cost: $80.00/per person/per four week session

Age Group: Keiki  Gr 4-6.

Session 1:

Dates: Saturday, September 6, 13, 20, 27

Time:  9:00am to 11:00am

Session 2:

 Dates: Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, 25

Time:  9:00am to 11:00am

Instructors: Alyson Stone & Emmalani Makepa-Foley

Art and nature converge in this new class at Lyon Arboretum. Budding Andrew Goldsworthys can hike in the rain-forest gardens, make art from natural materials, and learn about Hawaiian culture. Instruction emphasizes the observation, appreciation and use of nature’s resources, and contemporary art practices. Projects include landscape installations and art inspired by Hawaiian traditions. See supply list for proper attire and required liability waiver.

Please register through the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

Papa ‘Ike Hawai‘i – Hawaiian Culture

Choice of 2 series of 4 or 6 classes.

Session 1 – Cost: $68.00/per person

Session 2 – Cost: $100.00/per person

Age Group: Keiki in (suggested) Gr 4-6.

Dates:  To Be Announced

Instructor: Emmalani Makepa-Foley

This fun class will focus on aspects of Hawaiian culture while incorporating values, mele (songs and chants), Native Hawaiian plants, land tenure, crafts, games, and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language). Children will learn about Native Hawaiian plants and their traditional uses including their cultural significance and medicinal uses. Hawaiian language and culture come to life in Mānoa valley. Experience fun and learning. E hele mai!


Adult Classes and Workshops

Papa Lā`au Lapa`au—Hawaiian Medicine Class

Cost: $40.00/per person

Dates: To Be Announced

Instructor: Emmalani Makepa-Foley

Lā‘au Lapa‘au or Hawaiian Medicine is a traditional practice of healing, incorporating Hawaiian herbs, spirituality and aloha. In this introductory class we will be learning about traditional Hawaiian and hānai medicinal herbs, plant identification, methods of preparation, and application. This class offers a foundational piece of this unique art as well as contemporary and complementary approaches to healing.

Orchid Culture & Growing Techniques

Cost: $20.00/per person

Date:  Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Instructor: Peter Wiggin

Peter will review the basics of the orchid family, including some of the fascinating history of orchid culture. The main focus will be on the various cultural practices and orchid growing techniques. There will be lots of pictures, time for questions, and a repotting demo at the end.

Rain Gardens for Home Landscapes

Cost: $20.00/per person

Date:  Saturday, July 12, 2014

Time:  9:30am to 11:30am

Instructor: Jolie Wanger

Learn how to build a rain garden and contribute to the sustainability of our islands. By installing a simple rain garden in your own yard you can help prevent stormwater runoff from harming our ocean ecosystems, recharge our aquifer and make your landscape more attractive and functional at the same time. In this morning workshop, Jolie will describe the benefits of creating a rain garden system, the design and installation process and which plants are most effective. Class will include hands-on experience in the garden with site analysis, percolation testing and design consideration. Participants will also get a chance to tour the Arboretum’s new rain garden and bioswale. Come ready to design, create and malama our `āina! Class size limited, pre registration required.

Yoga In The Garden

Pre-registration Cost: $20.00/per person

Late registration Cost: $25.00/per person (when space is available)

Dates: Yoga 1:  Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yoga 2:  Saturday, August 9, 2014

Yoga 3:  Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time:  12:30pm to 2:45pm

Instructor: Amanda Painter

Come refresh the mind and body with a beautiful hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by a yoga class in our open-air classroom. Explore the Arboretum trails and indulge the senses in glorious green hues, earthy rainforest smells, and raucous calls of cockatoos! Then unwind in an all levels Hatha yoga class to explore in our bodies the shapes we see outside. Amanda Painter is a trained Lyon Arboretum guide and Yoga Instructor at Open Space Yoga and Yoga Hawai`i. Meet at 12:30 in the classroom, bring a yoga mat.  Hike begins at 12:45.  Class meets on the second Saturday of each month.  Sign up for one class or all 4.  Class size is limited, so sign up early.

Wahine Tree Climbing Workshop

Cost: $75.00/per person

Date:  Saturday,  September 13, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Instructor: Jamilee Kempton

Want to learn how to climb trees?  This 4-hour class will introduce the basics of tree climbing in a fun filled, low-pressure atmosphere.  This is a hands-on workshop where participants will engage in all aspects of tree climbing: rope installation, tying appropriate knots, and entering the tree.  No tree climbing experience necessary. Recommended attire: hiking shoes, work pants, and a long sleeved t-shirt.  Please note that tree climbing does require some upper body strength.  If you are active and enjoy exercising, this is an awesome opportunity for you to climb some of the most beautiful trees on the island of O`ahu.  Jamilee Kempton is a certified Arborist and the 2013 Western Chapter Women’s Tree Climbing Champion, and was the top ranked competitor from the USA at the 2013 International Tree Climbing Championships.  Limited to a maximum of 10 climbers.  CEU’s (continuing education units) for this workshop are available for ISA Certified Arborists/Tree Workers).

Urban Chicks:  Raising Backyard Chickens

Cost: $20.00/per person

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Instructors: Pat Chung & Meg Lin

Learn how to get started raising chickens in your own backyard.  Meg and Pat have been caring for chickens (and living peacefully with their neighbors!) for several years.  Learn how you can enjoy delicious fresh eggs, practice chemical free bug control and receive the benefits of amazing fertilizer for your garden.  Learn how to care for new chicks, chicken laws and local city ordinances, if you should build or buy a chicken coop, how to pick a breed, and all the other important questions to get you and your chickens off to a long and happy relationship!

Lei Making & Lei Plants: A 3-class workshop

Cost: $50.00/per person for the workshop series

Dates:  Saturday, July 12, 19, 26

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Instructor: Brian Choy

Brian Choy, deemed a master lei maker by his peers and fans, will teach this series of classes.  The first class will focus on learning the wili method of lei making, the second class on haku with ti, and the last class on planting and maintaining a lei garden.  The classes are taught as a successive series, enrollment includes all three classes.  Students will be provided with a list of floral materials and supplies to bring for the class (no equipment of floral material will be provided).   When registering please provide an email address.