Waikoloa is not usually the first region that comes to mind when imagining the Hawaiian forest, but once there was a diverse, sprawling forest with unique plants and animals that dominated even the driest environments on the Big Island.
The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative (WDFI) seeks to bring that forest back by protecting the remnants that once stood in Waikoloa and reforesting with dozens of native plant species, including the iconic wiliwili tree. The WDFI believes that outdoor education, hands-on experiences, and making personal connections in the forest are essential for the long-term sustainability of isle forests, and provides opportunities to learn within the preserve.
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, the Lyman Museum will host a presentation by Jen Lawson, the WDFI’s executive director. Lawson will illuminate dryland forest ecosystems on Hawaii Island and the species that call them home, their significance and current status, and some of the WDFI’s programs and efforts to benefit the dry forest preserve.
The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum at 276 Haili St. in Hilo showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaii. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Cost is $3; free to Lyman Museum members. Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.
For more information, visit www.lymanmuseum.org.