Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, Hilo, Hawaii

Stainback Hwy (off Hwy 11), Hilo, Hawaii

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Submitted by: Lawrence T.

What a great find! i have been to the island 3 times and was very happy to find it. The petting zoo is only open for an hour on Saturday but that is reasonable since it is all run by volunteers and it is free. The white...

Submitted by: Stephanie S.

Love coming here every year with my family. It's a small place, but there's lots to see. The birds and primates in particular have a lot of ...

Submitted by: Kim V.

Every year that I have been to Hawaii, my family and I always make it a point to stop at this zoo.  It is such a beautiful place that it surprises me that not a lot of people know about it.  The admission is...

Submitted by: Charlene C.

This zoo realllly impressed me. First, there is NO admission fee... so you think it's free so it's probably really tiny with not a lot of animals. That was not the case. The zoo was actually a decent size. They have all kinds of interesting birds, Bearcats, donkeys, goats, primates, and even a White Bengal tiger! The grounds and restrooms are also well maintained. Please note that they do have a box and coin deposit for donations when you enter/exit. My favorite part of the day was when we got to walk and pet 7 week old baby goats!! Soooo adorable. ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... ) The worst part of the visit was being attacked by mosquitoes!!!!! (I got 12 bites!) Folks, DON'T  FORGET to put your insect repellen...

Submitted by: Janice U.

In the time of a huge national recession, multinational corporations laying off thousands of employees, and restaurants jacking up prices while whittling down food portions, it's good to know that some things are still free. Like this zoo. :) It's my little jewel in Hilo town.  The only zoo in the nation set in a rainforest. It's a small community-minded zoo that's run on donations from the community and funds from the city. It took me nearly 12 years, but I finally got to visit and see Namaste, the white bengal tiger with the ice blue eyes.  He gets fed everyday at 3:30 PM and he is the most adorable thing ever!  He is the true star of this zoo and his presence has only served to heighten and bring some muc...

Submitted by: Keri M.

We LOVE the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo! It is small enough so that the walk isnt far at all, and it is set up in a way that you just walk in a big loop, and not miss anything. There are lots of neat animals, and benches to take a break on. The great thing about this zoo, is the landscaping, which makes a big difference to me. There are alot of neat plants you dont see very often. This zoo has come a long way since I was a kid, and I really like all of the improvements they have made over the years! It's so fantastic that it's free, so if I have time to kill before a doctors appointment or anything like that, the zoo is the perfect place to burn time, especially when you have a little one like I do. It's even a g...

Submitted by: Arnold E.

Whether you're a local or not, how can you pass up something that's FREE? Free admission to a local zoo in the middle of a lush Hawaiian tropical forest! It's great that it's in Hawai'i, but throw in FREE and it's a bonus you simply cannot overlook! On the smaller side, the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is a hidden gem on the Big Island. It is literally a Rainforest Zoo within an actual tropical rainforest (as far as I could tell). I thought this place was great for both children and adults. Most of the animals are in plain view or close to it. Possibly the most difficult animal to spot might be the tiger in its large enclosure. Even though the majority of animal species are non-native, they do have a fe...

Submitted by: Liz H.

We loved this zoo!  The birds, tiger, and other animals were a HIT with my kids.  The tiger was very active (he gets dinner around 3:30 each day) and he was cruising around looking hungry as early as 2:30.  We got to meet the keeper that is friends with the lemur Cas...

Submitted by: Janelle w.

The Pana'ewa Zoo has improved so much over the years!  It's a great attraction for kids and tourists.  This is one of the most unique zoos in the world because they have very unusual, and often endangered, plants and animals that are native to Hawaii.  They have peacocks roaming around freely.  Once a year, they shed their tail feathers and if you're...

Submitted by: Kristine D.

This quirky little zoo was a great place to break up a road trip around the Big Island.  Small in scale, not only are you able to get a close-up look at many of the animal residents,  you are exposed to a lot of amazing and unusual tropical plants, including...

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