FAQ about the Lapidary Lab and Lapidary Classes
The City and County of Honolulu, Parks and Recreation, offers a lapidary class for adults at Makiki District Park, three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Interested people need to sign up for this course with the C & C, Parks and Recreation or directly with Makiki District Park. This free class, which is more of an open shop, is sponsored and run by members of the Rock and Mineral Society of Hawaii.
Lapidary classes are normally held on Thursday Evening from 6:00-8:00 pm (clean up at 7:45 p.m) and are open to all Rock & Mineral Society of Hawai’i members. Please attend a monthly meeting to find out more and learn if the classes are being held. To insure that first times members learn the proper use of the various lapidary equipment, it is recommended that they attend the first two weeks of the session, on time please. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that the instructor will be available to teach you.
The dues of the rock club help pay for the upkeep of the lapidary equipment. A limited selection of free (donated) lapidary rough are available for participants to practice/work on. If you want to work on gemmy materials, however, you need to purchase that type of material on your own.
It is strongly suggested that you don’t wear expensive clothes, shoes, nor jewelry on your hands/wrists, since you will get dirty, even though aprons are available. You may want to purchase your own safety glasses (since you only have your one set of eyes).