Aloha! Ever since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated by butterflies. Their metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to chrysalises and finally to butterfly is absolutely captivating. They’re just such delicate, elegant creatures and I often find myself mesmerized by their beauty and whimsical flight patterns.
I recently learned that although there are thousands of species of butterflies around the world, the Butterfly Society of Hawaii has identified only 17 on the Hawaiian Islands. Two of those, the Kamehameha and the Blackburns Blue (picture above), are native to Hawaii. I haven’t had the pleasure of actually seeing either of these two native species on any of my outdoor adventures; however, I’m hoping to possibly catch a glimpse of either or both at the live butterfly conservatory being set up at the Pearlridge Uptown Center Court.
The conservatory will allow visitors to encounter live butterflies, as well as explore and observe the stages of the butterfly life cycle. The butterfly conservatory will be open March 3rd through April 8th, and will be closed on April 1st in observance of Easter Sunday. Hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm and Sundays: 10am-6pm. Admission is $4.50/person and keiki 2 years old and under are free with a paying adult.
I can’t wait to take my kids to this exhibit. I’m anticipating getting to see the two butterflies native to Hawaii, and I hope we get to see all the different stages of their life cycle. What a great way to incorporate some science into our weekend adventures! And with all this rain we’ve been having, this will definitely make for an awesome rainy weather activity.