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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-7224
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Small Zoo, But Unique

This was a great little zoo, and definitely would be more enjoyable with a family or small kids... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Greg S
Watertown, New York

free to get in but I left a donation as it helps with the up keep of the animals and gardens. you... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ross, Australia
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  • Excellent42%
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  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“white tiger” (83 reviews)
“tropical birds” (14 reviews)
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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-7224
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great little zoo, and definitely would be more enjoyable with a family or small kids, but we enjoyed our walk through. Gardens are a bit of a misnomer - there is a Garden Society that keeps several small gardens on site...pretty, but...More

1  Thank Greg S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

free to get in but I left a donation as it helps with the up keep of the animals and gardens. you can spend a few hours here take a picnic or buy something from the little shop. great animals even a white tiger and...More

Thank woebetide
Reviewed 6 January 2018

Don’t let the ‘free’ part throw you off. This was a nice surprise in a place where everything seems expensive. This was a great little zoo with a surprising variety of animals. The best part was the tropical rain forest setting with an amazing range...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 2 January 2018

My wife and I are in our 60s and were very pleasantly surprised at this little zoo run by the county, admission was free (donations requested). It took about an hour to stroll the grounds and we were very impressed at the variety of tropical...More

Thank robertgH3359RG
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Since my family were in the local vincinty on vacation we decided to go. The place is beautiful and well manage. I could not believe this place is free I would personally recommend.

Thank macktj
Reviewed 15 December 2017

We spent about 2 hours at the zoo. It is free and open to the public but donations are welcome. It is within a tropical rain forest and may be the only zoo in the 50 states located within a tropical rain forest. The grounds...More

1  Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

This zoo is small but very cute with varied things to do especially for children. However we went during a downpour which made it difficult to enjoy what it had to offer. It is free and has a small gift shop.

Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The zoo wasn't a planned part of our trip but we decided to stop in one morning when we didn't have a lot going on. It turned out to be one of our favorite things we saw on the island. It's a beautiful zoo and...More

Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 20 November 2017

The RainForest Zoo is a great place for adults with or without children to spend a few hours. It has a nicely paved walkway, good for both strollers or wheelchairs. Most of the animals don't really represent the rainforest, but it was fun to see....More

Thank Lynne C
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Nice zoo in Hilo. Good for kids, actually my family are members. There is a beautiful whit tiger and activities for all ages.

Thank cordellb2017
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Stella T
12 February 2017|
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Response from oliviasmom2016 | Reviewed this property |
I would bet not because there are peacocks walking around on the property. Better call to check.
2 November 2016|
Response from Renee123 | Reviewed this property |
It's not very big. You can probably see everything in an hour.
30 October 2016|
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Response from mchino54 | Reviewed this property |
Aloha - its about a 15 minute drive from the cruise port. You will need a taxi or a rental car. Its near the Macadamia nut factory (farm) as well so you may want to see both while you are out there.