Don Hemmes, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, returns to the Lyman Museum 7 p.m. Monday for a special presentation on his favorite seashells. His presentation will cover a variety of Hawaiian marine molluscs — including cones (Conus spp.), cowries (Cypraea spp.), conches (Strombus spp.), and auger shells (Terebra spp.) — and their preferred foods and habitats.
Visitors can also learn about some lesser-known micro-molluscs such as the Triphoridae and Epitoniidae. In addition, Hemmes will teach the characteristics to look for in shells in order to place each species into its proper genus.
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum and Mission House tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and its people. Exhibits contain world-renowned shells and minerals collections as well as artifacts from the people who helped create Hawaii’s unique cultural history.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Monday night programs cost $3 and are free to Lyman Museum members. For more information, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.