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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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Beautiful Gem

Easy walking paths with many benches, some are works of art. Rain shelters come in handy since this... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2015
Lisa M
Can't beat Free

Not a tourist place. But if your looking for something to do for a few hours. This is the place... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2015
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“white tiger” (85 reviews)
“tropical birds” (14 reviews)
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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

Easy walking paths with many benches, some are works of art. Rain shelters come in handy since this is a true rainforest zoo, bring an umbrella. The zoo and gardens are free but use donations, adoptions and memberships to fund new and future projects as...More

Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Not a tourist place. But if your looking for something to do for a few hours. This is the place. Cost is Free. Landscape is amazing!!!! You can see some native and non native animals living here at the zoo. Sadly the enclosures are way...More

Thank sjsnedecor
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

This garden is lush, well kept and beautiful as you meander through on well kept paths. The flowers are radiant, the animals and birds are an additional treat. We loved it.

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Reviewed 27 August 2015

What a fantastic small zoo! Many interesting rainforest animals that we haven't seen before even with our numerous trips to zoos with our kids, including reptiles such as the red tegus and skinks. Habitats allowed you to see the animals quite closely. Reptile/amphibian house was...More

Thank vacationgirl07
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

We went to see the white tiger only to find out that he had to be put down. They will be getting new cubs but not until November. This is the second time we had been there only to not get to see the white...More

1  Thank Heather F
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

If you have young children and few hours to kill near Hilo, this is the place! A nice, small and FREE zoo. Our 3yr old had a great time. They also have a petting zoo which he loved. We were sad that the white tigers...More

1  Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

This zoo could be visited in 1-2 hours. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. There are quite a few animals, but also alot of birds. The lemurs, spider monkeys, and anteater were the most interesting to the kids. Good stop if you have just...More

3  Thank socyrdo
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Who doesn't love free things? This zoo and rain forest garden is free but donations are always welcome. We miss seeing Namaste the white tiger who lived there for many years. He passed away at a very old age and his enclosure is empty. We...More

1  Thank gotkona
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

We had to search out the place, but it was nice, the climate was cool, there were play structures that were clean, there are animals, mostly birds, some monkeys, peacocks, etc. The are setting up for an alligator exhibit for the future, perhaps 2016. They...More

Thank NickellFamilyTravel
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

I love this little zoo and it's FREE. Please donate a few bucks though to support their cause. The gardens are beautiful and they have a great playground for the kids. The animal exhibits are pretty good though they don't have a whole lot of...More

1  Thank skinoel3
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Stella T
11 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.
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beatdrum
2 November 2016|
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Response from Renee123 | Reviewed this property |
It's not very big. You can probably see everything in an hour.
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DAWN S
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.
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