About the Rock and Mineral Society of Hawaii

Welcome to the Rock & Mineral Society of Hawai‘i

The Rock & Mineral Society of Hawai’i or Hui Pōhaku Ō Hawai‘i is the only ‘Mineral Club’ in the State.

In a nutshell: All in person meetings are still cancelled (as of 1/25/2022) in Honolulu. Stay safe and stay well.

UPDATE 1/25/22: Since Aug 2021 we have our club meeting on zoom. If you are a current member you will have received and email with the details on how to join us and the mineral of the month we will be talking about and sharing. (If you provided us with a working email address for you). Zoom meetings are at our regular meeting time: 4th Wed of the month at 6:15 PM We start admitting at 6 PM).

We are still in the Safe Oahu response plan

The Parks and Rec facilities and buildings where we meet are still closed as of 1/25/22. Lapiday is currently NOT included in any planned reopening of the park’s facilities, since physical distancing is not really feasible in this space. We hope as we might see a possible reopening for our meeting space some time later in 2022.

Dept. of Parks and Recreation: Reopening strategy is available on their website. Click here for more information. 

The Pre-COVID-19 Text:

Rock & Mineral Society of Hawai‘i Meetings

Note: Currently this is pie in the sky, but we hope the text below might apply some time later in 2021 or 2022.

We used to meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the Makiki Distict Park in Honolulu. We welcome anybody interested in minerals and gem stones and hope you can join us at one of our club meetings to meet kindred spirits and talk story about ‘rocks’.

Established in 1970, the Rock & Mineral Society of Hawai’i, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to mineral and rock collecting and appreciation and the lapidary arts.

If you have made it this far, and found us on the web – Congratulations!

But now it gets a bit tricky if you need to ‘find us’… We hope you read these instructions carefully and/or watch the video below.

Rock and Mineral Society of Hawaii: Monthly Meetings

Easy part first: We meet in the “Admin Building” on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:15 – 8:00 pm at Makiki District Park in Honolulu (except for adjusted dates in November and December).

We hold the ‘club business’ part of the meeting first, followed by an educational part. We discuss the mineral of the month and members bring examples of said mineral from their collection for a “show and tell”. Occasionally we have a guest speaker or a slide or video presentation. The meeting ends with potluck and ‘talk story’ until we need to vacate the room around 8 PM.

Please check our FaceBook Page for current updates and the meeting topic of the month. Club members get a reminder email and newsletter with the mineral of the month.

Our 18th Annual Hawaii Rock and Mineral Show Oct 19 & 20, 2019 was cancelled. Details click here. In January we had voted and decided on the dates for our first three 2020 Gem and Mineral Shows in Hawaii… Little did we know back then…

March 7 & 8 (cancelled) • June 6 & 7 cancelled • Oct. 10 & 11 cancelled

Please check back about the details later in the year. We are still hoping for some shows for 2022.

Now the ‘tricky’ part: All buildings at the Makiki District Park have the same street address of ‘1527 Keeaumoku St’ (including the Makiki library. This might be a walk in the park for people born and raised in Makiki.)

We try to show you with photos and a video on how to ‘find’ our meeting. (A map is below.)

Be on the lookout for the ‘admin building’ (no, sorry it has no sign). You enter it from inside the park (DH side of the admin building.)

2019 update: Lately there is often a yoga class in the ‘admin building’ more or less starting around the same time with us. Be brave and enter, pass by the bathrooms and go all the way inside, to the corridor to the right. We are meeting in the separate room in the back to the right (leaving the yoga class in the open room to your left).

Yes, that’s why we called it ‘tricky’. If you have 36 seconds – watch the video:

Please note that if a month happens to have 5 Wednesdays we do not meet at the ‘last’ but still the 4th of that month.

Parking – yes, the question on everybody’s mind these days – Parking?

Please enter the parking lot from Ke’e’aumoku Street. Parking is free but limited, due to the frequented tennis courts, pool and skateboard facilities in the park, the lot might fill up fast.

There is often parking available on the other side of the park next to the community gardens, if you know the area. Street parking along Ke’e’aumoku Street may be your best option, if you come right after 5:30 PM when it becomes legal and you are brave enough to park in rush hour traffic.

If you park in the (ewa) parking lot next to the tennis court walk mauka towards the buildings in the park (see map below). Take the walkway between the first two buildings and you see a smaller building in the back slightly to the left. Turn left to the administrative building on the ewa side and the door takes you directly into the building on the ground floor. The meeting of Hui Pohaku is in the smaller room inside the administrative building a bit more in the back to the right. (Sorry, there is no sign identifying the ‘admin’ building)

Lapidary Classes

Lapidary classes are normally held on Thursday evenings 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 meeting to find out more and if the classes are being held (and how to find it).

Lapidary for Non-members: 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. Please don’t you “just show up“, since there is no guarantee that an instructor might be available to teach you and you are not covered by insurance is you did not sign up. More

Sometimes, when this room is not available, we also meet in the other small building on the Diamond Head side. Room changes are also announced on our FaceBook page.