Discover a tropical paradise right here in Oklahoma City at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' current exhibit, "Kilauea's Coast," open now through Dec. 1. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W. Reno, is transformed into a Hawaii-like ecosystem with:
" tumbling waterfalls,
" leafy jungles,
" black sand beaches and
" lava flows.
Allan Storjohann, manager of Myriad Botanical Gardens, said the exhibit allows visitors to learn about Hawaii's culture, plants and island life.
"Streams, waterfalls, plants and interpretive panels help people learn and experience Hawaii right here in Oklahoma City," he said.
Kids can not only read about Hawaii's ecosystem and the plants that are important to it, but they can watch a classic Hawaiian landmark at its best.
"We have a lot of plants that are from Hawaii, but we also have our own little volcano," Storjohann said. "Kids can push a button and watch it erupt with smoke and flashing lights."
Storjohann said adults will enjoy the Kona coffee portion of the exhibit, which explains how Hawaiian coffee plantations harvest the beans.
"When you come in the Crystal Bridge, you almost feel like you're in Hawaii," he said.
Starting in December, visitors can receive free admission from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday nights and enjoy coffee and hot cocoa. For more information, call 297-3995 or visit their site.