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MAYOR HANNEMANN UNVEILS NEW
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the opening of the new
“This is a wonderful new addition to the garden, and I welcome everyone to visit and enjoy it,” Mayor Hannemann said. “This beautiful botanical garden is truly an urban oasis that we’re very fortunate to have. The
Mayor Hannemann said he had been in strong support of such a butterfly sanctuary since he visited a similar garden during an official visit to
“I would like to express my appreciation to Butterfly Society President Jerrold Fuller and his wife Niki and all the ‘Garden Angels’ for coming forward in a true public-private partnership to make this a success,” Mayor Hannemann said.
Mayor Hannemann also commended Winnie Singeo, Director of Honolulu Botanical Gardens at
The new garden is an outdoor, open-air butterfly habitat garden that encompasses 3,600 square feet. It will serve as a living classroom to educate children and adults about the interdependence of life between butterflies, plants, and people.
Butterflies are important natural pollinators of plants, producing fruits and seeds. The
Butterflies have good color vision, and the new garden is planted with over 2 dozen different plants (including native Hawaiian plants) arranged by color: red, orange, yellow, purple, and purple/yellow. The plants provide food for the caterpillars and nectar for the butterflies.
Volunteers are helping to maintain the butterfly garden; they get to work in a great environment, enjoying the beauty of both the garden, and the butterflies.
Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928;
Jerrold Fuller, president of the Butterfly Society of Hawaii, 373-4200
|Friday, November 21, 2008|