Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Phone (808) 959-9233
5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo, HI 96720
The only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States!

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational
• General: Kid Activities • General: Park / Playground
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Nature Walk
• Sightseeing: Wildlife • Tours: Farm / Garden
• Tours: Self Guided

Beth Anderson's Take
This 12 acre Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 80 animal species including the endangered Nene (Hawaii's state bird). There are also over 100 varieties of Palm trees, a petting zoo and playground equipment. There is no fee to enter, but they do accept donations.
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Dave
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
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We went here yesterday day for something different to do. OMG! This was so cool! We saw two tigers that were that center of attention. There were other animals there also but the tigers were it! We got there kind of late. Like 3:15pm and the zoo closed at 4:00 pm so we did not get to see the entire zoo and when we went to leave the gift shop was closed so next time we come we will get there early and see the entire zoo!
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laura m
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 21
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Talk about an unexpected find. We arrived on a Tuesday and there were very few people. They have a number of rainforest animals you wouldn't expect to find. The tigers were playing chase in the bamboo forest - which was a special treat. There were a number of birds, mammals and monkeys. There is no entrance fee. There is a very small gift shop on your way out.

It is the only zoo located in a natural rainforest. There are a number of mammals, primates, birds, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and of course Nene - the local Hawaiian bird. Fun hour or two with the kids. It was very hot the day we were there so bring lots of water.
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Lori H
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 234
Likes Received: 3
The Panaewa Zoo is such a fun and wonderful place for children and adults. There are many different kinds of animals, and the staff there are super friendly and knowledgeable. This is possibly one of the best zoo's in Hawaii. Admission is free but they do take donations. I hope people will continue to donate so they can keep this wonderful zoo open.
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rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
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I have been to this zoo more times than I can remember, and it may not be as fancy or large as other zoos, but I always have a great time when I visit. This zoo is peaceful and beautiful. Even if you are not traveling with children this is still a great stop on the east side of the Big Island. You can walk the zoo grounds and see all the different flowers and plants as well as animals.
If you are traveling with children who can resist a zoo? This zoo has monkeys, lemurs, reptiles, sloths and an assortment of birds including the Hawaiian hawk and the state bird. It also has a petting zoo on Saturday from 1:30-2:30pm and has recently put in a new playground. All and all a great time for everyone. There are plenty of picnic tables throughout the zoo. Be sure to bring lunch with you, there is nowhere to buy food here, but they do sell ice cream at the gift shop.
The zoo is open every day (except Christmas and New Years) from 9-4.
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