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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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We visited the zoo specifically to see the endangered Nene, the Hawaiian State bird, and stopped here on our way back from Kilauea volcano. The bird is in a large caged area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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288 reviews 288 reviews
156 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited the zoo specifically to see the endangered Nene, the Hawaiian State bird, and stopped here on our way back from Kilauea volcano. The bird is in a large caged area with a number of other birds and you have to look hard to find it; which we did. We can't comment on anything else in the zoo, except... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

this was a lovely stroll through gardens and exhibits. They do need some updating. The main exhbit was tiger but that was under construction. From our teenagers view, there were only birds to see. But it was still worth going to.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went to the zoo specifically to see the white tiger that is shown on their website. Much to our dismay, the tiger has passed away. The zoo is a nice little one though - we were there on a a Saturday and there was a petting zoo that the kids LOVED. We got to touch a hawk and several... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We stoped there as we were told that there is a mini hippo... as we knew that the tiger left already...but sadly no hippo but so many other animals to see ... We enjoyed it very much.. it was not crowdy so plenty of space to see the birds etc ...

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Clovis, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a nice little stop for adults, it's free, it's clean and the grounds are lovely. If you have kids that need a break from the car, this is a sweet little find to get all the wiggles out! Nothing special in terms of a zoo, but its pleasant and relaxing and beautiful.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

You can't beat the free admission to this nice little zoo. It is just off the highway outside Hilo and is a great place for the kids to burn off some energy after a long car ride or for a quick trip while staying in Hilo. There is a great playground and variety of animals to keep the little ones... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I just got to visit the zoo after not seeing it for a few years. When you go there you have to remeber that it is a FREE zoo so its not the best but for what it is, its a great little spot. To me the high-light was the gardens. There are all kinds of really nice plantings all... More 

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Saskatchewan
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28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Sure it's free, but that's about the best thing you can say about it. Lots of the cages were empty and it was difficult to view the animals because of the double fencing on everything. It was terribly hot the day we visited and due to the lack of shade in the zoo we couldn't even enjoy the stroll. I... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We were surprise by the size and scale, due to the zoo being a city park, per se. Nicely laid out and viewing areas easily accessible. There were a lot of school kids there with their teachers. Its a local kind of place. Difficulty in accessing it by the major road RT 19 or 11, which is murderous to cross.... More 

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Red Lake, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Visited here twice before and it was excellent. This time it looked a little run down and could use a little brushing so you could actually see the exhibits and some of the description cards need to be replaced as they were torn or sun bleached. Maybe they should start charging a small admission to cover repairs etc. Now the... More 

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