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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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A really great privately-run zoo

This zoo is off the beaten track a bit but well worth seeking out - and they have a white tiger... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
swedensm
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Stockholm, Sweden
Nice little zoo

Not a large zoo, but the animals seemed engaged and happy. Admission is free - and it's near enough... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tappindmom
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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  • Excellent42%
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  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“white tiger” (88 reviews)
“tropical birds” (14 reviews)
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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-959-7224
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"white tiger"
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"interesting animals"
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"free admission"
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"nice playground"
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"roaming peacocks"
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"animals seem"
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"accept donations"
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"a small gift shop"
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"few hours"
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"walk around"
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"couple of hours"
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"great for kids"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This zoo is off the beaten track a bit but well worth seeking out - and they have a white tiger! It's free to get in. It is a little run down - but it's free! Don't forget to leave a donation. We loved the...More

Thank swedensm
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a large zoo, but the animals seemed engaged and happy. Admission is free - and it's near enough to Hilo to make it a nice hour or so side trip in the area.

Thank tappindmom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small zoo but very nice to walk around and enjoy the animals and the beautiful gardens. Well worth making a donation to be able to keep it around to enjoy.

1  Thank Schoonet
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was really a pretty, quite, fun walk thru the zoo and gardens. It is not very big but have some very nice enclosures with a decent amount of various animals. Worth the time to Relax and Enjoy.

Thank rbymail
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the zoo and it was a nice visit. The highlight was the playground. The map as easy to follow and some of the cages were empty. White Tiger was cool. Need some upkeep at the zoo itself is old and only thing that looks...More

Thank Ronald R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fun stop as we explored Hilo. It is free therefore family budget friendly. The tigers are so cool! The gardens are gorgeous. The monkeys and birds are entertaining.

Thank Nina E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, but the emphasis is more on the gardens. It is a lovely place to walk around and a good size for smaller children. We really liked the benches shaped like animals! The highlight of...More

Thank D W
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The zoo is smallish and, since the death of Namaste, it seems even smaller. Get there early and enjoy the cool walk.

1  Thank lawyer12018
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Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

We wanted an easy day after a very long flight in the day before. We enjoyed wondering the grounds but over all not the most impressive zoo we've been to. It was free so that's a plus...just give a donation.

Thank connorsmommy
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Lovely grounds with "lipstick" palms and orchids and a nice selection of animals and birds. We loved the white tiger - and the Capuchin monkey put on quite a show tossing his toys about like a two year old with an attitude:) Any one of...More

Thank Wanderlust34212
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Stella T
February 11, 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
November 2, 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
October 30, 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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