Discover the Secrets of Hawai‘i’s Soil

April 8, 2017, 10:02 AM HST (Updated April 7, 2017, 5:32 PM)

A rainbow of soil colors reveals the exciting volcanic past of this soil pit from windward (eastern) Mauna Kea. Photo courtesy of the USDA-NRCS.

Soil is so much more than mere “dirt.” Not only does it provide the foundation for growing food in Hawaiʻi, but it tells the ancient story of the Islands’ iconic landscapes from the surface down to the rock below.

Amy Koch, soil scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will dig beneath the surface to explore Hawaiʻi’s various soils during two special program presentations on April 10 at Lyman Museum–from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and again the same evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Koch will describe the diverse types of soil found on Hawaiʻi Island and throughout the state, addressing the importance of healthy soil to our daily lives, and what people can do to better care for their soil.

For more information about this and other programs at Lyman Museum, call (808) 935-5021 or visit



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