Saturday June 20th, 2015, we held our first ever Pollinators of Hawaii at the Honolulu ZOO. The event involved CTAHR graduate students and volunteers, including collaborating high school teachers, as well as HDoA and DLNR representation.

Dr. Baird Flemming, the ZOO director helped us by providing access to the Hale 'Imi ‘Ike classroom. This large indoor space was an ideal location for our displays and interactive activities.

The event was by all accounts a great success. We estimated that we had approximately 500 visitors, about 300 children, and each family spent an average of 20- 25 min in the classroom. A few organized student groups visited the area, including girl scout troops, and summer school programs, but mostly the visitors were young children with their families.

Each child was given an activity passport that helped guide the children to each of the activity tables:

Bee a beekeeper (dressing up like a beekeeper and opening a “picture hive”)
Bee clinic (learning about bee diseases)
Bee buddies (learning about other pollinators including a table with yellow face bees)
Arts and bugs table (arts and crafts including stamps and crayons to make a garden in the passport)
The honey pot (station where there was a honey extraction going on and people were offered honey in the comb to taste)
The Bee kingdom (the cardboard castle)
The Butterfly Central (where they could learn about butterflies and search for Kamehameha caterpillars on potted Mamaki plants
Chalk drawing on the sidewalk
We look forward to seeing you there next year.