The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is located in Hilo, Hawaii and is open every day except Christmas and New Year's from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information call (808) 959-9233.
Plan a Visit to the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Basic tips for visitors to “Plan a Visit to the Zoo”
Our zoo is situated in a tropical rainforest and Hilo sometimes is known as the wet side of the island. This is true, but it doesn’t mean you should stay away. Just count on the possibility of a shower and enjoy the lush rainforest that grows because of the rain.
Average temperatures in Hilo are between 70°F and 75°F (21 °C and 24 °C). August is the warmest month, and January the coolest. Temperatures here are always comfortable.
What to bring: The zoo is a fun place whether rain or shine so bring rain gear and sunscreen for everyone in your group.
ADA Accessible Options
Service Animal Policy: Concurrent with ADA regulations the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens does allow fully trained service animals into the Zoo. At this time we do not allow service animals in training. A patron wishing to enter the Zoo with a service animal must agree to be accompanied by a Zoo staff member or volunteer for the duration of their visit. Click here for Animal Service Policy and Signature Form.
Mobility Scooter Policy: A 48-hour advance reservation is required to ensure a Mobility Scooter is available for your use. Walk-ins may be accommodated if available. Click here for Mobility Scooter Policy and Signature Form.
Stop by and say hi to our Ring-tailed Lemurs!
Enjoy a family fun day at the zoo. Besides enjoying all of the animals the zoo also features covered pavilions for picnics and a playground for your keiki. Do you have a special event coming up like a birthday party or other celebration? What better place to enjoy your gathering than at the zoo! For information about renting a pavilion for an event please contact the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 961-8311.
This website is paid for and managed by “Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo.” Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which is not affiliated with the County of Hawai'i. The official County website can be found at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-panaewa-rec/.
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