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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A decent walk in the pouring rain

My husband and I planned a stop there. Unfortunately it was pouring heavy rain but we still saw a... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Los Angeles, California
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Well-maintained free zoo

While we were staying in Hilo, we made a point to visit on our way out of town. Our kids, ages 6.5... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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“tropical birds”(14 reviews)
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All reviews white tiger free admission tropical birds interesting animals nice playground accept donations ant eaters roaming peacocks animals seem a small gift shop few hours great for kids on display couple of hours walk around hilo area worth a stop
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Reviewed 4 days ago

While we were staying in Hilo, we made a point to visit on our way out of town. Our kids, ages 6.5 and 4 loved it! There were quite a few animals to see and the tiger exhibit was the highlight—both tigers were very active,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great way to spend an hour or two and see some of the sights. While it's free to enter, they accept donations, and the animals must be fed, so we donated.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

This area is a work of art. We were blown away by the variety and beauty of the plants. My husband had the camera and he took more photos of the flowers than I would have imagined was possible. We spent a couple or hours...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank VT_Travelerx2
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I planned a stop there. Unfortunately it was pouring heavy rain but we still saw a lot of lovely vegetation and a few animals and had a very close proximity encounter with a white tiger which was pretty interesting to have him...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AbbyDLeigh
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Very kid friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Amazing variety of animals for a zoo that doesnt charge but does accept donations greatfully. Clean and well kept. An enjoyable visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nffox
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is a beautiful Zoo. We stop by everytime we go to Hilo--it's free! They have a couple of new tigers and we enjoyed watching the yellow tiger. He walked up to us but then began stalking one of the groundskeepers. It can be hot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This zoo is easy to walk. Nice small areas for sitting, paths for strolling. Nice space accommodations for the animal habitats. Personally I think the tiger wants to eat the donkey- -

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TxAriel
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It was so fun! There were many animals and cool children's exhibits to look at (including a climbing structure and fun benches with animals). The park was a small stop for my family, we had a free afternoon while visiting family in Hawaii, but if...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank maddieb234
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Great little find, expect to spend about an hour. Great for kiddos. The tigers were gorgeous and well taken care of.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jen g
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A small zoo. But you get this amazing Rainforest to walk though and its free! it has a great play are for the kids and picnic area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank txbrowneyes04
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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.
3 November 2016|
Response from Renee123 | Reviewed this property |
It's not very big. You can probably see everything in an hour.
31 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.