In 1947 the first ever zoo director was hired at the park, Paul Reese. During this time the park established the exhibit’s layout and staff began to increase. The modern Honolulu Zoo as we know it today wouldn’t be established until 1984, the same time the master plan for the property was created. The zoo’s master plan focused on being a Tropical Zoological Garden with three different exhibits, all based on different tropical ecological zones. These zones included an African Savannah, Asian and American Tropical Forests, and a Pacific Island zone.
Events at the Zoo
Guests who want to plan their trip specifically around the zoo and the city of Honolulu on the island of O’ahu can stay at one of the many hotels that are located on the stretch of land near the zoo. These hotels are located alongside Waikiki beach.
Zoo guests are also allowed to bring in their own drinks and snacks. Coolers are allowed as well, so guests to the islands who have beach picnic gear can use their belongings at the zoo as well.
Night Time Exploration
Due to the wonderful weather on Waikiki, the zoo can also be explored during the night time, even offering a vast array of nighttime activities, like a live concert series during the summer, local keiki coloring and trivia, patio lunches, and many more events. Alcohol isn’t served at these events, but food and snacks are available.
Camp at the Zoo
One of the most unique events the zoo hosts is night of camping that many guests truly love. The guests who choose to stay for the night camp experience storytelling activities, night walking tours, and sing campfire songs with other visitors. Guests can either choose to sleep underneath the stars or set up a tent. This will be one of the rare moments many of these guests have the opportunity sleep underneath the Hawaiian stars.
Guests will see a wide variety of beautiful plants that are native to the Hawaiian islands. Many of these plants have a history of being especially important to the local Polynesian cultures of the Hawaii islands. Some guests even view the zoo as a botanical garden since there is such a wide array of indigenous and endemic plans.
A Popular Attraction for Kids at the Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo is one of the preferred attractions for children. Kids are thrilled to see the exotic animals, the scenery, sights and sounds, and many of them enjoy camping outside and underneath the stars. The zoo also has a petting zoo where young kids have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals.
One of Hawaii’s Most Popular Attractions
The Honolulu Zoo is not only one of the most popular attractions on the island of Honolulu, but guests from all across the Hawaiian islands travel to see the park. With its assortment of African and reptile creatures, guests are given a sense that they aren’t even on the Hawaiian islands anymore. This serves as a great break from the Hawaiian activities, and provides a whole lot of fun for kids and the entire family.
Guests who are looking for an escape from the surf, sand, or sun will find the perfect option at the Honolulu Zoo. To rally give the best stamp of approval of all, former President Barack Obama included the zoo too on his family’s to-do list when they visited Oahu in 2009. What better stamp of approval could you have?
When you’re setting up your next Hawaiian getaway, in between the hikes of ancient volcanoes, local activities, and surf times, look no further than taking a day out of the schedule to experience the zoo. You’ll be glad that you did.