‘Once they’re gone, they’re gone’

  • Garden Exchange owner Tammy Enriquez smiles while looking at a flower from a crown flower plant, which attracts monarch caterpillars and butterflies, as well as native Hawaii insects, on Thursday in Hilo. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Garden Exchange owner Tammy Enriquez stands by tropical milkweeds that are used to attract monarch caterpillars and butterflies, as well as insects native to Hawaii, on Thursday in Hilo.

A call to action from the environmental community has been sent out to help save the migrating monarch butterfly. But in Hawaii, a variety of other endemic insects are threatened or endangered and could benefit from home gardeners planting flora native to Hawaii