The Great Pollinator Hunt

Pollen moves between plants in many different ways

sunflowerchild 25Bees, Butterflies, Moths, Flies, Beetles, Gnats, Midges, Ants, Wasps – even curious children can serve as pollinators in our backyards, gardens, farms and wild lands.


Pollination is required for over 33% of the food we eat so when pollinators are negatively impacted by loss of habitat, poisons in our food system, drought, or severe climate events, it directly impacts our food system. You can help our pollinators! Plant a pollinator garden and cover crops. Create hand-built habitats of natural materials that attract and protect. Stop poisonous pesticide use on your property and in your community. Preserve open, wild or cultivated habitat. Gather observations to help conservationists leverage wiser land use policies.


Join the Great Pollinator Hunt!

click here to get started


Help Hawaii learn more about these important partners in our food system by submitting data to this FORM and we will share results with our sustainable living community, with the Hawaii Pollinator Network and with the Xerces Society’s National Pollinator Network.


You can print out a worksheet and examples of potential pollinators you may see in Hawaii to help you identify and record field observations. You will then return to an online device to submit your findings using the form link above.


Feel free to submit as many different days and sites of observations as you can. We’ll synthesize and report on all the data in the Same Canoe newsletters.


Bee a Change Agent

zach kaylaTake a ‘Welcome Pollinators’ Workshop with Zach Mermel. How to create small structures and gardens that bring beneficial pollinators to backyards, gardens and farms.



Share Your Story


butterfly girlIf you have a pollinator story to share, please submit in the message box below and you can also upload pollinator photos.


Our goal is to build a Google Map that documents the general neighborhoods of the sightings that are reported.
We can add your photos and stories to the map too. Please note if we have permission to add them to the mapping project.





More Hawaii Butterfly and Pollinator Resources:

Learn to identify Hawaii’s butterflies at the Butterfly Society of Hawaii

and if you spot the rare Kamehameha Butterfly, be sure to report it to the Pulelehua Project at

Habitat Planting for Pollinators in the Pacific Island Area


National and International Pollinator Resources:

habsignCenter for Food Safety

Xerces Society

Selecting Plants for Pollinators




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