Community Classes: 2024 Winter and Spring Community Classes

Aloha! This page serves as our “master post” for all Lyon Arboretum community classes for the Winter and Spring of 2024. More classes will be added as details are finalized. Registration is via Eventbrite.

Garden Club of Honolulu (GCH) members and provisional members: classes hosted in cooperation with GCH will have “GCH” in the title.

Refund policy: The deadline to request a refund is usually the Friday before the week of the class. (For example, if the class was Saturday the 14th, the deadline for a refund would be Friday the 6th.) However, please check with the Education Department as there may be exceptions to our policy due to the publication of the class date on Eventbrite.

After this point, no refund requests will be processed. Please note that Eventbrite’s fees are non-refundable. Mahalo. Our full refund policy can be found here (PDF).

(Classes that are currently accepting enrollment appear at the top of this page; classes that are at full enrollment or that have passed are recorded at the bottom.)


JANUARY

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Friday, January 26th

GCH Presents – Vision and Discovery in Photography with Gail Atwater

Click Here for Details: GCH Presents – Vision and Discovery in Photography with Gail Atwater with Gail Atwater 

This photography class will be held both indoors and outdoors and participants will spend time photographing in both places. Gail will talk about finding your “”voice”” in photography and how to evaluate your work. The class will use your cellphone’s camera. (Please spend the time to become familiar with functions of your cellphone’s camera before class)

A member of The Garden Club of Honolulu, Gail Atwater is an award-winning photographer and exhibitor who serves as Photography Editor of the Garden Club of America’s national magazine.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 26, 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $30.00

SUPPLY LIST

  • Cell phone 
  • Water bottle (optional but strongly recommended)
  • Long sleeves and long pants (optional but strongly recommended)
  • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes with good tread. (Required) You should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.
  • Bug spray (optional but recommended) The Arboretum has many mosquitoes.
  • Hat with a brim (optional)

TICKETS OPEN: 1/5/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 1/19/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: GCH Class: Vision and Discovery in Photography with Gail Atwater”

No refunds will be issued after 1/23/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

FEBRUARY

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Saturday, February 17th

Yoga and Mindful Hike

Click Here for Details: Yoga and Mindful Hike with Liz Kashinsky

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness-based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience is not necessary.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Saturday, February 17th , 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 11

PRICE: $30.00

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Yoga mat (required)
    • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction (required) You should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.
    • Long pants (to keep mosquitoes off. Optional: a light jacket or long-sleeved outer shirt.)
    • Bug Spray (optional but recommended)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Water bottle (optional but recommended)

TICKETS OPEN: 1/26/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 2/9/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Yoga and Mindful Hike

No refunds will be issued after 2/12/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Friday, February 23rd

Eco Dye Scarves

Click Here for Details: Eco Dye Scarves with Gina Taylor

Eco dyeing is a technique that uses the natural pigments of plants to imprint color and images onto fabric. Using the natural pigments of plants we will be making scarves that will reveal unique and unpredictable images after they are tightly wrapped around dowels and steamed.
About your instructor: Virginia “Gina” Taylor is a handspinner, dyer, weaver, filter and knitter (also quilter and embroiderer!). She has taught fiber arts at Linekona and currently for the Hawaii Handweaver’s Hui at the Downtown Art Center..

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Friday, February 23rd , 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $50.00

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Long pants (to keep mosquitoes off. Optional: a light jacket or long-sleeved outer shirt.)
    • Bug Spray (optional but recommended)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Water bottle (optional but recommended)
    • Notebook and pen to take notes

TICKETS OPEN: 1/26/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 2/9/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Eco Dye Scarves

No refunds will be issued after 2/12/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

MARCH

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Tuesday, March 5th

Lei Workshop with Hui Hana Lei

Click Here for Details: Lei Workshop with Hui Hana Lei Volunteers (Tuesday Class)

Two workshops are available; the material covered will be the same in both workshops. Each participant may sign up for only one workshop.

Attendees will learn the wili (wrapping) technique of making a Hawaiian lei po’o (head lei). Using fresh flowers and foliage, raffia will be used to wrap lei materials around a raffia base. Raffia and fresh foliage will be provided but attendees can also bring their own fresh flowers. Hui Hana Lei Volunteers is a group of volunteers who are experienced in making fresh wili style lei, using flowers and foliage from Lyon and their own yards. Lei made by the volunteers can be ordered through Lyon with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Lyon Arboretum. Through this course, the volunteers seek to share their knowledge and enhance the appreciation of a handmade Hawaiian lei.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, March 5 , 2024, 9:00 am – 11:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) downstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $70.00 ($65 class fee, $5 materials fee)

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Floral clippers (or scissors)
    • Flowers and foliage
    • Water for drinking in a reusable bottle (optional but strongly recommended)
    • Long sleeves and long pants (optional but strongly recommended)
    • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes with a good tread. (Required)
    • Bug spray (optional but recommended) The Arboretum has many mosquitoes.

TICKETS OPEN: 2/12/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 2/25/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Lei Workshop with Hui Hana Lei Tuesday Class

No refunds will be issued after 2/27/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Wednesday, March 6th

Lei Workshop with Hui Hana Lei

Click Here for Details: Lei Workshop with Hui Hana Lei (Wednesday Class)

Two workshops are available; the material covered will be the same in both workshops. Each participant may sign up for only one workshop.

Attendees will learn the wili (wrapping) technique of making a Hawaiian lei po’o (head lei). Using fresh flowers and foliage, raffia will be used to wrap lei materials around a raffia base. Raffia and fresh foliage will be provided but attendees can also bring their own fresh flowers. Hui Hana Lei Volunteers is a group of volunteers who are experienced in making fresh wili style lei, using flowers and foliage from Lyon and their own yards. Lei made by the volunteers can be ordered through Lyon with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Lyon Arboretum. Through this course, the volunteers seek to share their knowledge and enhance the appreciation of a handmade Hawaiian lei.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 6 , 2024, 9:00 am – 11:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) downstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $70.00 ($65 class fee, $5 materials fee)

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Floral clippers (or scissors)
    • Flowers and foliage
    • Water for drinking in a reusable bottle (optional but strongly recommended)
    • Long sleeves and long pants (optional but strongly recommended)
    • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes with a good tread. (Required)
    • Bug spray (optional but recommended) The Arboretum has many mosquitoes.

TICKETS OPEN: 2/13/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 2/26/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Lei workshop with Hui Hana Lei Wednesday Class

No refunds will be issued after 2/28/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Friday, March 22nd

Arboreal Adventures at the Arboretum

Click Here for Details: Arboreal Adventures at the Arboretum

Tylor Schwarze will take the class on an “arboreal adventure” at Lyon by talking about the beautiful collection of both native and non-native trees, going for a short walk in the woods, and showing off his skills as a top-notch arborist with a tree-climbing demo.
Join us for this behind-the-scenes opportunity at the Arboretum!

About the Instructor: Tylor Schwarze is the Grounds and Collections Volunteer Coordinator and Arborist at Lyon Arboretum and President of the Aloha Arborists Association

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Friday, March 22 , 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) downstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $30.00 

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

  • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction (required) You should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.
  • Long pants (to keep mosquitoes off. Optional: a light jacket or long-sleeved outer shirt.)
  • Bug Spray (optional but recommended)
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle (optional but recommended)

TICKETS OPEN: 3/6/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 3/18/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Arboreal Adventures at the Arboretum

No refunds will be issued after 3/21/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Saturday, March 23rd

Yoga and Mindful hike

Click Here for Details: Yoga and Mindful Hike with Liz Kashinsky

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness-based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience is not necessary.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 11

PRICE: $30.00

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Yoga mat (required)
    • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction (required) You should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.
    • Long pants (to keep mosquitoes off. Optional: a light jacket or long-sleeved outer shirt.)
    • Bug Spray (optional but recommended)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Water bottle (optional but recommended)

TICKETS OPEN: 2/21/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 3/13/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Yoga and Mindful Hike

No refunds will be issued after 3/15/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

APRIL

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Friday, April 5

How to Create Botanical Art

Click Here for Details: How to Create Botanical Art with the Garden Club of Honolulu

Class description

Although some material will be provided, participants should bring dried natural materials such as seeds, leaves, dried flowers, etc., collected from home or walks to work with to connect to the piece they create. Beautiful things can be made from the least likely sources, highlighting the variety in nature.

Instructor bio

Pat and Margaret are highly regarded members of The Garden Club of Honolulu. Margaret is a Master Gardener with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii and has won many awards. Pat is on the Board of Washington Place Foundation, and her focus is the promotion and study of Queen Liliuokalani’s gardens.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Friday, April 5, 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 15

PRICE: $30.00

TICKETS OPEN: 3/17/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 4/01/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: How to Create Botanical Art

No refunds will be issued after 3/31/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Saturday, April 20th

Yoga and Mindful hike

Click Here for Details: Yoga and Mindful Hike with Liz Kashinsky

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness-based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience is not necessary.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Saturday, April 20th, 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 11

PRICE: $30.00

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • Yoga mat (required)
    • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction (required) You should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.
    • Long pants (to keep mosquitoes off. Optional: a light jacket or long-sleeved outer shirt.)
    • Bug Spray (optional but recommended)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Water bottle (optional but recommended)

TICKETS OPEN: 04/05/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 04/15/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Yoga and Mindful Hike

No refunds will be issued after 04/17/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.

Friday, April 26

Intro to Beekeeping with Max the Beekeeper!

Click Here for Details: Intro to Beekeeping with Max the Beekeeper! 

Class description

An intro into beekeeping. An excellent class for the true novice! In the class, we will be covering what kinds of equipment you will need, zoning laws, honeybee biology, and honeybee diseases.

Instructor bio

Aloha! I’m Max the Beekeeper! I’ve worked with bees for 15 years! I’m here to educate the curious and the lovers of bees!

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Friday, April 26, 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION: Lyon Arboretum Visitors Center (VC) upstairs classroom.

CLASS SIZE: 10

PRICE: $45.00

TICKETS OPEN: 4/5/24

TICKETS CLOSE: 4/19/24

To sign up, visit our Eventbrite link: Intro to beekeeping

No refunds will be issued after 4/22/24. You can find our refund policy for community classes here.