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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

#20 of 81 things to do in Hilo Features Animals
Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-7224
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7-year-old loves Panaewa

Trying to entertain a 7-year-old is not easy. But the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens made it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anita F
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Fun Way to Spend Time

Visited this week! Beautiful little zoo with a nice variety of animals to see. Best part-it's FREE... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-7224
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Trying to entertain a 7-year-old is not easy. But the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens made it easy for one day, at least. This free attraction is appealing to both children and adults. While the zoo portion of this place is not on par with...More

Thank Anita F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this week! Beautiful little zoo with a nice variety of animals to see. Best part-it's FREE! Don't miss it!

Thank GAmom1021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pana'ewa Zoo is a lovely place to kill time. We had about 2 hours before we had to check-in to our hotel so we spent it here. We were here for about an hour (could've spent some more time if we dilly-dallied). We don't...More

Thank Ginger K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Money seems to fly our of your wallet in Hawaii, so we were surprised to find a zoo with no admission fee. We thought it might be a fun way to send an hour or so. It is very low key, but there are quite...More

Thank LeRoyFam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this peaceful little zoo every time we come to Hilo and never tire of it. The grounds are beautiful, trees are identified, and tigers, birds and monkeys are always active. It's really one of my favorite zoos - we always enjoy it. Added...More

Thank Marlo K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Super small, quiet and not busy! Animals were active and a super fun playground for the kids! Great way to spend an hour without spending a dime

Thank saraeuk1107
Reviewed 4 June 2017

There were 7 in our group from 3 1/2 to 70 and all very much enjoyed the variety of animals. We watched as volunteers "socialized" many of the parrots out of their cages. It was obvious how much these volunteers enjoy their work at the...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

On the day we arrived it was overcast and rainy. Yet the animals were livey and vibrant. The Bengal tigers were on the move in their enclosure. The peacocks, on the other hand, were left to rome free all around the park. It was a...More

Thank JFF B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

There was a ton to see at this FREE zoo just outside Hilo. We saw White tiger and Bengal tiger as well as a host of other critters. The grounds were immaculate, the staff friendly and the animals looked very well cared for. The tigers...More

2  Thank iglooeyes
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a wonderful zoo near our home. Not only will the animals love it if you visit, so will you! There are plenty to see, many birds, beautiful grounds, oh, and it's free. Please feel free to leave a donation. There are some snacks...More

1  Thank Al M
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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.