For 100 years, a facility in Manoa Valley has explored, protected Hawaii's plants

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tucked deep within Manoa Valley, the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Harold L. Lyon Arboretum celebrated 100 years of preserving, protecting and studying some of Hawaii's rarest plants.

The centennial celebration was marked with a free event Saturday.

The event commemorated the anniversary with live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, games, exhibits, tree climbing demonstrations and tours of the gardens.

"We're always known as a hidden gem. Maybe not so hidden after this. We just want people to get to know nature and come on out," said Raedelle Van Fossen, an education manager with the Arboretum.

An estimated 700-1000 people attended the event.

Lyon Arboretum coordinates, facilitates, and executes research having to do with tropical plants, native Hawaiian plants, conservation biology, and Hawaiian ethnobotany. It is located on about 193 acres at the top of the Manoa Valley watershed.

Next up at Lyon is the celebratory Centennial Symposium, which is scheduled for September 13 and 14. An Arbor Day tree giveaway will take place on November 3, and it's annual plant sale will be on November 17.

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