Nelli Sugii, Director, Hawaiian Rare Plant Program, Lyon Arboretum
In January 2011, the Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation pledged $600,000 to support the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum's Micropropagation Lab capital improvement project. This project will nearly double the size of the lab and provide an efficient working environment for the Arboretum's critical rescue and recovery research.
This is the only lab of its kind in Hawaiʻi.
The Micropropagation Lab prevents extinction of native Hawaiian plants by:
- Maintaining plant and seed bank collections
- Propagating plants for use in restoration and reintroduction projects
- Housing more than 16,000 individual plants and 160 native plant species - which is less than 50% of the species requiring protection
Thanks to the Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, the Arboretum's Hawaiian Rare Plant Program can do more to rescue, recover and rehabilitate threatened plant species.
Please contact Paul Oleniacz at (808) 956-3659 or Paul.Oleniacz@uhfoundation.org for information on how you can support the Lyon Arboretum.
You can also make a gift to support their conservation efforts at www.uhfoundation.org/ConservationLabFund.