Lapidary Class in Honolulu

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 must sign up for this course with the C & C, Parks and Recreation or directly with Makiki District Park

The period of open registration are posted on the DP&R website for each session.

Members of the public may participate for free, however must register online during the enrollment period for each session. If you are not registered your are not insured and we will NOT admit you in the lapidary. (Yes, we will send you home if you just decide to “show up”)

Official club members are permitted to attend during any session, and must also register (preferably during the enrollment period), however, current club members may register outside of the open enrollment period and attend by contacting the club Vice President of Lapidary, Dean prior to attending. We’re currently (as of June 21, 2022) outside of the “official” enrollment window so any members that desire to participate must show up and complete a paper version prior to visiting the lapidary. Online registration is preferred, when available.

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).