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Welcome to the Magical World of Hawaii's Butterflies

Besides being one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, butterflies are important pollinators. Using their antennae to smell for nectar, butterflies go from plant to plant much like bees. There are 17 species of butterflies in Hawaii, each with unique characteristics.

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or simply a lover of butterflies, we hope to inform and inspire you.

Visit the BSOH Butterfly Garden at Foster Botanical Garden

Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Society of Hawaii Garden, located in Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The garden is an 8,000 square foot open-air haven for many of Hawaii’s 17 species of butterflies. Planted with a glorious array of plants and flowers on which butterflies feed or lay eggs, it is truly an oasis-within-an-oasis. Within the garden, display signs feature some of the plants and butterflies you’ll discover there.

For directions and admission prices, please visit the Foster Botanical Garden Web site.

Become a Volunteer

To help with garden maintenance or to become a Butterfly Garden docent, please contact us at volunteer@butterflysocietyofhawaii.org.

Become a Member of BSOH

To become a member, please fill out our membership form and mail it to the address on the form. The Butterfly Society of Hawaii is a fully registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your membership donation helps keep our garden green. (Displaying the form requires Adobe Reader software. If you do not have it installed on your computer, you can download it free.)

Society members participate in field trips and other special events. For information about upcoming events, please send an e-mail to specialevents@butterflysocietyofhawaii.org.

Read the quarterly newsletter to learn more about the society and butterflies. To receive a newsletter every quarter, please send an email to info@butterflysocietyofhawaii.org. Type Newsletter in the Subject line and supply your name and email address in the message.

About Us

The Butterfly Society of Hawaii is dedicated to creating and expanding the network of butterfly habitats in Hawaii and to increasing awareness of butterflies’ ecological importance and inspirational beauty.

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After studying and raising butterflies for over three decades, Honolulu residents Jerry and Niki Fuller decided they would like to create a butterfly garden for the public. The garden would serve to educate the people of Hawaii – particularly the children – about the role of butterflies as pollinators and as important indicators of the health of our environment.

The Fullers discussed this vision with Winnie Singeo, director of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, and with the blessing of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, space was made available at Foster Botanical Garden. With the “Garden Angels,” Foster Botanical Garden staff, and enthusiastic volunteers created the garden you see today. The vision for this garden, with its associated educational programs, will continue in perpetuity, and will act as a platform for future programs.

The Butterfly Society of Hawaii was formed November 18, 2005, with the express purpose of creating and operating this garden. BSOH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, registered with the IRS and the State of Hawaii.




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