Traditional hale to become centerpiece of Lyon Arboretum

Photo courtesy Lyon Arboretum.
Photo courtesy Lyon Arboretum.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Building a Hawaiian rock wall will mark the beginning of construction of Hale Halawai, a traditional hale, or house, that will serve as a gathering place and a visual connection to the Hawaiian culture for visitors to Lyon Arboretum.

The Umu Hau Pohaku rock wall construction start Thursday at the Beatrice H. Krauss Hawaiian Ethnobotanical Garden, which houses the largest collection of Hawaiian cultural plants on Oahu.

The day's activities will include a blessing at 9 a.m. and a rock wall building workshop.

The workshop is limited to 40 adults, who must be able to lift 40 pounds, but the public is invited to view the construction process. The foundation stage of traditional Hawaiian house construction will be led by Kumu Palani Sinenci of Hana, Maui.

The project is being funded through a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and will become the centerpiece of the Lyon Arboretum gardens. The new hale will be built over a period of 8-10 months and will be designed as a series of workshops open to interested visitors, students, families and cultural practitioners.

The Arboretum is located at 3860 Manoa Road.

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