It’s all about butterflies at Pearlridge Center’s Downtown Center Court. Shoppers have the chance to get up close and personal with hundreds of rare butterflies at this very interactive exhibit. It’s an 18′ by 18′ Butterfly Conservatory, home to hundreds of live butterflies. Here, keiki will witness the butterfly’s life cycle firsthand as it transitions from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
According to the Butterfly Society of Hawaii, there are 17 species of butterflies in Hawaii. The exhibit features five found locally, including the Monarch Butterfly – which is growing increasingly rare — the white monarch, citrus swallowtail, painted lady, and Kamehameha Butterfly. All butterflies in the exhibit are raised by farmers on Oahu and Maui.
For the first time, guests experiencing “BUTTERFLIES!” can also participate in classes by local experts Darlene Loo-McDowell, Dancetta Feary and William Haines. All classes are free with $3 purchase of butterfly house tour. For a complete schedule and details on classes visit www.pearlridgeonline.com.
“BUTTERFLIES!” is an opportunity to educate the next generation on this majestic creature. Another new element to this year’s event is that guests can learn what plants create an environment suitable for a butterfly habitat and have the opportunity to purchase some of the plants needed.
“BUTTERFLIES” is open to the public now through Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3 per person. One keiki under the age of eight is free with each paying adult.