hosts more than 750,000
visitors a year in its 42-acre setting! This
Honolulu attraction is part of the
Kapiolani Park in Waikiki, and is said
to be the largest zoo within a 2,300 mile radius (Um, of course,
right? Because how many zoos can be erected on the ocean,
unless you count the underwater sea life…nevermind, I digress).
It is also unique in that it is the only zoo in the
entire United States to have
come from a king’s grant – the Hawaiian “Merrie Monarch” himself, King
Today, the Honolulu
Zoo has several permanent exhibits to delight anyone
looking for a brief respite from the sun and sand, and would like to
visit some beautiful animals. The exhibits include a Bird Sanctuary, Tropical Forest,
African Savanna, Pacific Islands exhibit, and the Keiki
Sometimes referred to as the Waikiki Zoo, you’ll be coming
face with are giraffes,
snakes, lions, elephants, cheetahs, vultures, hippos, rhinos, monkeys,
tree frogs, gazelles, komodo dragons (hope this one doesn't get out of
its cage), the elusive Hawaiian nene bird, and much, much
Join the Honolulu Zoo in the summer evenings with live local
music, fun keiki coloring and trivia activates, ono plate lunch, and
winning prizes, including a drawing for an ukulele! Raiatea
Helm kicks off the summer concert series on June 8th. Alcohol
is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for
The warm island weather that stays pleasant throughout the night, long after the sun goes down, affords this Waikiki zoo some really great night time activities that you probably will not encounter in other zoos you will visit -- at least not with such pleasant weather anyway.
Cost is only $3
to enter. Doors open at 4:35 PM and the show begins at 6 PM.
This fun program allows zoo guests to camp overnight at the zoo
and participate in organized activities such as storytelling, walking night
tours, and campfire songs. Guests have a choice
of sleeping under the
stars or setting up tents on the back lawn.
How exciting! How often do you get to camp out at the zoo under the stars, and along the Pacific ocean at that. The rhythmic crashing of the waves will lull you to sleep under the stars, while wild animal sounds lead you to believe you are along the outskirts of a tropical jungle. Once you close your eyes, you will forget that you are at one end of Waikiki!
This might very well become the biggest hit with your keikis (kids) during your Oahu vacation.
FYI, Out of all the places to visit and things to do in Oahu, President Obama and his family set aside some family time to tour the zoo amongst other popular Honolulu attractions, while visiting in Oahu in 2009. You could take that as a good sign!
Don’t get too
excited, this does not involve Edward, Bella, or
Jacob of the famous Twilight saga, but it’s close to
thing ("nice try say the Robert Pattinson fans)! It is a
guided tour that takes
place after sunset, which gives visitors a
chance to see what the animals do, and how they live after sundown.
Nocturnal animal activities are sometimes more exciting than during the daytime hours, so this could be quite an adventure to the uninitiated!
The zoo is located at the southern
most end of Waikiki at the
beginning of Kapiolani Park towards Diamond Head. It is at
Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue. The exact address is 151
Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI.
$1 per hour.
is on Kapahulu
There is free parking
across the street
on Monsarrat Avenue at the
Waikiki Shell parking lot.
9 am – 4:30 pm
only on Christmas Day)
General Admission for 13 yrs and older - $12
Kama’aina Fee for 13 yrs and older with local resident ID required - $6
Children 3yrs old and under accompanied by adult - FREE
Children 4-12 yrs old accompanied by adult 18 yrs or older - $3
Group reservations can also be made ahead of time if you have a large group.
Now it's time to see the animals below the sea! A small walk across Kapiolani Park towards Diamond Head, and you'll discover the Waikiki Aquarium!
The Waikiki Aquarium is the 3rd oldest in the world! This Honolulu attraction hosts an impressive 3,500 species of Hawaiian marine life and fish.
Look up when you're at the Honolulu Zoo, and you'll see Diamond Head in clear view site...including hikers who made their way up to the top!
You could begin the hike up Diamond Head from the zoo, that will add a few miles each way to your trek, or take a short drive around the other side of the mountain, and start from inside the crater.
What's on the other side of Diamond Head? How about a
beautiful local beach! Diamond Head Beach is home to some
beach home owners, weekend warrior surfers, and quiet sun bathers
looking to escape busy Waikiki!
Give yourself some time stroll Diamond Head Beach, gawk at the beach houses, and explore the many tide pools.
This beach front Waikiki Restaurant is
located in the New Otani Hotel at the base of Diamond Head, and next
door to the Waikiki Aquarium. They are
open for breakfast and
dinner only, so take advantage of the opportunity if
be in the area!
On the back side of the zoo, something special happens each
Sunday. Each weekend artist display their artwork on the
end zoo's fence, which is directly across from Kapiolani
Explore different artworks from local artist. Art on the
talkes place each Sunday on Monsarrat Ave from 9am to 4pm.
Discover more about what Waikiki
has to offer when combing through 150 hotels, and
well over 1000 restaurants. Today
are over 70,000 tourist that
visit this city daily, and explore all its fun, including
beaches, famous spots, endless shopping, and explosive nightlife!