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Live Butterflies Flutter into Pearlridge Center

Deborah Sharkey
Phone: 349.8221

Pearlridge Center
Phone: 488.0981

Live Butterflies Flutter into Pearlridge Center From June 15 Through July 14
as Its 16th Annual Summer Exhibit

Aiea, HI (June 12, 2013) – “Flutter: A Green Experience” opens on Saturday, June 15 as Pearlridge Center’s 16th annual free summer exhibit for families. The museum-quality display features a host of eco-friendly, hands-on educational activities including a Butterfly Pavilion, keiki Exploration Station and educational workshops.

“Flutter” will be on display from Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, July 14 during center hours, though the Butterfly Pavilion is open for tours from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission into the Butterfly Pavilion is $3 per person; children under eight years of age are free with a paying adult. The Exploration Station and educational workshops are free.

Butterfly Pavilion: Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court
The 18’ by 18’ Butterfly Pavillion will house hundreds of living butterflies, where keiki can see the life cycle – from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly – first-hand. According to the Butterfly Society of Hawaii, there are 17 species of butterflies in Hawaii. “Flutter” hopes to regularly feature a number found locally, including the monarch, the white monarch and citrus swallowtail. All butterflies in “Flutter” are sourced from butterfly farmers on Oahu and Maui.

Exploration Station: Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court
The Exploration Station will give little hands the opportunity to explore and create with a variety of different activities each week. These will include crafts that teach about butterfly symmetry and anatomy, coloring pages and trivia contests. Educational materials will include solar panels on display and information on how photovoltaic systems work and their eco-friendly benefits. Adults can also learn about the financial benefits of PV systems.

Educational Workshops: Pearlridge Center’s Downtown Center Court
Pearlridge Center has partnered with local organizations to increase awareness of the natural environment around us and teach about the sustainability of limited resources.

Atlas Energy Solutions, a licensed electrical and photovoltaic contractor, will present free energy-savings seminars at noon on Saturdays, June 29 and July 6. Are you interested in reducing the amount of energy used in your home? What is efficient energy design? What is your own personal energy usage level?

Seating for each Atlas energy seminar is limited to 40 people; RSVP is highly recommended by calling 841.1400 by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before each seminar.

Keiki O Ka Aina, a local non-profit with a mission of educating children and strengthening families, will lead the kids in creating eco-friendly make-and-takes. Educational materials will be provided for these family-friendly crafts while supplies last on Saturdays, June 29 and July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose
Goodwill has partnered with “Flutter” to help teach our keiki that small changes to our own behaviors can lessen the impact that we have on our community. During “Flutter,” Goodwill will collect clothes at convenient donation spots throughout Pearlridge Center Uptown and Downtown during center hours. Donate new and gently used apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories at the following:

Pearlridge Uptown: The Body Shop, The Diamond Fairy, Razor Concepts, Razor Sports, Sephora, Tapestries by Hauoli and T&C Surf Designs

Pearlridge Downtown: HIC, Mark’s Hallmark and Sanrio Surprises

Goodwill has been a pioneer of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice by keeping donated items out of our island landfills – 12.5 million pounds just last year.

Adopt-a-Butterfly Kits
Adopt-a-Butterfly kits will be available for purchase at $22, but quantities available at any one time are limited to what can be provided by local butterfly farmers that week. You can’t rush Mother Nature! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.

16 Years of Summer Exhibits
Pearlridge Center’s summer exhibits for families are a long-standing tradition. In 2013, Pearlridge will celebrate its 16th annual exhibit with “Flutter: A Green Experience.” Previous hands-on, museum-quality exhibits have included Ice Age, Dinosaurs!, Giant Insect Safari, Brick Art, “TLC’s Junkyard Wars: On the Road, Amazing Mazes and Puzzling Puzzles and “Robots: The Interactive Exhibition.”

For more information, call Pearlridge at 488.0981 or visit

About Pearlridge Center
Pearlridge Center is a 1.2 million square foot super-regional shopping center located in Aiea off of Kamehameha Highway. It is Hawaii’s largest indoor center and features Oahu’s only monorail system. The 55-acre property consists of Uptown and Downtown phases, anchored by Macy’s, Sears and Ross Dress for Less. Adjacent phases include Toys “R” Us and Bed Bath & Beyond, totaling some 220 merchants. Pearlridge Center is managed by Glimcher Realty Trust.

About Glimcher Realty Trust
Glimcher Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, is a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of malls, which includes enclosed and open-air regional malls, as well as community centers. At December 31, 2011, GRT owned interests in and managed 27 properties with total gross leasable area totaling approximately 21.5 million square feet, consisting of 24 malls (19 wholly owned and five partially owned through joint ventures) and three community centers (two wholly owned and one partially owned through a joint venture).

Glimcher Realty Trust’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GRT.” Glimcher Realty Trust’s Series F and Series G preferred shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols “GRT-F” and “GRT-G,” respectively. Glimcher Realty Trust is a component of both the Russell 2000® Index, representing small cap stocks, and the Russell 3000® Index, representing the broader market. Glimcher® and Scottsdale Quarter® are registered trademarks of Glimcher Realty Trust.


Deborah Sharkey

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