Rare butterfly making appearance at Pearlridge Center

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A rare butterfly is coming to Pearlridge Center. 

On Saturday, March 24, the Kamehameha butterfly will be part of the mall’s butterfly conservatory.

Dr. William P. Haines from the UH Manoa Pulelehua Project will be available to answer questions about their behavior and lifecycle, while educating the community about how they can help reverse the butterflies’ declining numbers in the wild.

Darlene Loo-McDowell is a local commercial butterfly farmer. She will provide counsel on starting a butterfly garden at home in a backyard or even on a small lanai.

In 2009, the rare Kamehameha butterfly was named Hawaii’s official state insect. It’s endemic to Hawaii and found nowhere else in the world, but its numbers are declining.

The Kamehameha butterfly, chrysalis and caterpillars will be on display only on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hundreds of other locally-raised butterflies will be part of the butterfly conservatory through April 8 at Uptown Center Court. Admission is $4,50 per person; kids under 2 years of age are free with a paying adult. 

Mondays – Sundays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Closed Easter Sunday, April 1)

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