Big Island Sights

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

  • 800 Stainback Hwy. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Billed as "the only natural tropical rain forest zoo in the United States," this sweet zoo features native Hawaiian species such as the state bird, the nene goose, and the io (hawk), as well as lots of other rare birds, monkeys, sloths, and lemurs. The white-faced whistling tree ducks are a highlight. They also hold a petting zoo Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30. It's a joy to stroll the grounds, which are landscaped with hundreds of species of lush and unusual tropical plants. To get here, turn left on Mamaki off Highway 11; it's just past the "Kulani 19, Stainback Hwy." sign.

  • Flower, Panaewa Rain Forest Zoo and gardens, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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Sight Information


800 Stainback Hwy., Hilo, Hawaii, 96749, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free, donations encouraged

Published 01/10/2017


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