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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.





Your donation will make a difference in the lives of our animals and our zoo by enabling us to provide the best veterinary care, support the conservation efforts of our rainforest and provide for new and maintain current enclosures for the animals.




Friends of the Pana’ewa Zoo is a non-profit organization, 501(c)3. Federal ID 99-0248039.

Your donations are tax deductible.

Cash Donations

‘Alalā Fund Raising

The Friends of the Zoo have a very special project this year, it’s raising funds to build an aviary for their two ‘Alala they will be getting soon.

‘Alalā Donations

‘Alalā are the most endangered Hawaiian bird alive today. They were recently released back into the wild, but are only found in a remote forest location for now.


Sometime in the hopefully not too distant future, two ‘alalā will live at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens! It is important for residents and visitors to learn more about our native crow, and the plan is for two birds to be moved to the zoo.


The birds are mature adults who can not be released in the wild because they don’t know how to care for themselves and they

are past reproduction stage. They will live out their lives in the zoo where everyone will have easy access to learn more about our native crows.

The first step is to construct a new aviary building where the ‘alalā will live. We have identified where that will be but now ask for your help in helping us raise the cost of the aviary. It has been estimated to cost $138,000 and Friends Of The Zoo’s goal is to raise funds to complete this project. We need your help!

For more information on the ‘Alalā Project visit

Sponsor a Bench

If you are looking for a unique and lasting recognition opportunity, sponsoring a bench featuring our animals in the Zoo is a great way to go. This allows you to remember loved ones, celebrate friends and family or simply show your love for the Zoo while supporting our animals. These benches are developed by Charlene Lofgreen, the benches are an excellent site for photo ops and are located throughout the zoo grounds. A sold bench will have a plaque. The purchaser is allowed to request wording in memory of a loved one or in commemoration of an event. FOZ will have a small plaque printed with limited wording in recognition of the person or event. Your wonderful gift adds to the beauty of our Zoo and offers guests a place to relax while they enjoy the rainforest zoo.

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