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The Panaewa Zoo is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. The Zoo is home to more than 80 animal species, including the endangered Nene (Hawaii State Bird). You can picnic in the shade of over 100 varieties of Palm or stroll with Peacocks in the extensive collection of orchids, clumping bamboos and tropical rhododendrons. The plantings by volunteers is continuous which turns the zoo grounds into a beautiful botanical garden.

The Zoo offers a variety of activities, such as:

    • Picnic in the shade of over 100 varieties of Palm
    • Visit the gift shop- all proceeds help support the zoo
    • Stroll with Peacocks on the Zoo botanical gardens
    • Several times a year the “Friends of the Zoo” organization hosts a “Family Fun” day providing entertainment, games and refreshments
    • Visit the petting zoo on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30


Best of all, admission is FREE!  The zoo is opened from 9 to 4 every day except Christmas and New Years Day.  Visit their website at


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