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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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Relaxing Stop, great for kids

It's on the way to the Macadamia nut factory. Lots of monkeys, one of them has a bell, ask him to ring it and he will! The parrots will squawk to get you to come over and then if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Tiger is dead and has been dead for a year and yet they are advertising it still. I felt bad for some of the animals and the small cages. It seems ok for small kids as there is a park there. It is free admission and a donation box. The petting zoo is only open on Saturdays. It seems better... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It's on the way to the Macadamia nut factory. Lots of monkeys, one of them has a bell, ask him to ring it and he will! The parrots will squawk to get you to come over and then if you talk to them they will talk to you. Beautiful landscaping. But the White tigers previously reviewed have died of old... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We enjoyed the tropical plants and animals on a hot, sunny day in Hilo. There is a nice playground, too. The amphibian displays were informative. A simple but attractive small zoo. They only ask for a donation, so it is easy on the budget.

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Not expecting much from a free zoo we entered knowing very little on what cool animals we would see. Our first encounter was with the big parrot clawing to get out of its cage, then enclosures that were simply empty. We were excited to see the monkeys but I can say that seeing them made me feel they were more... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Not many animals there. Mostly gardens. There is a petting zoo open for the kiddies, and they had a White Tiger there, but it died last year, and I don't know if it's been replaced. This is a very small zoo, so don't expect too much!

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Address: Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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