By Nina Wu
There is a flurry of activity going on at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Lyon Arboretum.
More than a dozen, talented crafters make up Hui Hana Hawai‘i, a group of volunteers that meets weekly to create lei and other works of art from natural materials, to benefit the Lyon Arboretum at 3860 Manoa Rd. For the past few weeks, they have been busy weaving beautiful holiday wreaths which will be for sale at the annual Holiday Plant and Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the arboretum this coming Saturday (Nov. 23).
It's the perfect opportunity to find a locally-made, handcrafted gift for the holidays.
Evergreen wreaths are made from a combination of trees and plants, including Norfolk pine, Thuja pine and Hollywood cypress, decorated with holly, Eucalyptus pods, pine cones, lipstick tree buds and Christmas berries.
Dried wreaths, made of a combination of natural materials, including pine cones, autograph pods and various leaves, are also available at the sale.
The price range is between $20 to $50 each, with proceeds benefiting Lyon Arboretum.
Several participating nurseries will also be on hand, selling colorful ti varieties, cacti and succulents, orchids, anthuriums, heliconias, gingers, native Hawaiian plants, vegetable and herb plants, as well as University of Hawaii variety vegetable seeds. Ceramic pots and planters, as well as tasty jams, jellies and Hawaiian honey will also be sale.
A free shuttle service to the arboretum will also be available Saturday, with pick-up and drop-off points at the intersections of Manoa Road and Po‘elua Street, and at Manoa Road, and Nipo Street. For more information, call 988-0456 or visit www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum.