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Bug expert to present ‘The Insect World’ at two Big Island libraries


Pahala Public and School Library. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Pahala Public and School Library. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

In celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, “The Insect World,” a special event, will be presented at six selected Big Island and Oahu public libraries from Thursday, June 26 through Tuesday, July 8.

Entomologist Dr. Ryan Caesar of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Dept. of Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences will conduct the free event and discuss insect biology and native Hawaiian insect biodiversity and conservation. Dr. Caesar will also share information and some display specimens from the University of Hawaii’s Insect Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of Hawaiian insects in the state, and is an important research facility.

This one-hour interactive program will include a question-and-answer session and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Learn about “The Insect World” at the following public libraries:

Oahu –

  • June 26 (Thursday), 6 p.m. at Wahiawa Public Library (tel. 622-6345)
  • June 28 (Saturday), 1 p.m. at McCully-Moiliili Public Library (tel. 973-1099)
  • June 30 (Monday), 10:30 a.m. at Kapolei Public Library (tel. 693-7050)
  • July 8 (Tuesday), 2 p.m. at Aina Haina Public Library (tel. 377-2456)

Big Island –

  • July 2 (Wednesday), 10 a.m. at Pahala Public & School Library (tel. 928-2015)
  • July 2 (Wednesday), 5:30 p.m. at Kealakekua Public Library (tel. 323-7585)

The event schedule is subject to change.

Contact the hosting Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Sponsors for the 2014 HSPLS Children’s, Teen, and Adult Summer Reading Programs include the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Football League Charities, Aloha United Way, Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund through the Hawaii Community Foundation, and local Friends Chapters.

Corporate sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region, HouseMart Ace Hardware and HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts, HONOLULU Family, Thinker Toys/Thinker Things @ Kahala Mall, Starbucks Coffee Company, Fisher Hawaii, Fizzies AmeriWell, and Wet’N’Wild Hawaii.

Performance programs are made possible through generous grants and donations, and are sponsored in part by the University of Hawaii’s Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2014 HSPLS Children’s, Teen, and Adult Summer Reading Programs are currently underway at all public libraries statewide, and will run through July 12. For more information, please visit, like us at, follow us on, or call your local library.

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