The Honolulu Zoo


Written by Joe Buda

When people visit Hawaii, they think of the Sun, the sand and the surf.  But there is much more to Hawaii than that. 

One of the surprises in store for people who visit Honolulu is that Honolulu also has a zoo. 

The zoo is located across the street from Waikiki Beach on 42 acres on land.  It contains multiple themed areas including an African Savanna where some the biggest animals can be found. 

The zoo also features a Keiki Zoo, an area where kids can get up and close with the animals.   

Some fun facts about the zoo:

  • It was established prior to Hawaii becoming a state, making it the only United States zoo to be established by a monarch
  • The Zoo was originally established as Queen Kapi’olani Park,  a place where King Kamehameha stored his collection of exotic birds
  • The City and County of Honolulu bought an elephant named Daisy in 1914, which turned the park into a zoo
  • Over 750,000 people visit the zoo annually

The Honolulu Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and is located at 151 Kapahulu Avenue.   General admission is $12.00 per person (13 years and older). 

For more information on the Honolulu Zoo, please visit their website at

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