Hawaii Work on new Honolulu Zoo entrance under way By Shane Nelson / December 03, 2009 Share 1 -- Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and a number of city officials broke ground on a new entrance for the Honolulu Zoo Nov. 18 in Waikiki. The $3.3 million project will move the zoo's entrance closer to the parking lot along Kapahulu Avenue and make it more visible for patrons. Improvements will include multiple ticket lines and a new, 2,000-square-foot gift shop. "This is another in a series of projects we've completed or begun for the Honolulu Zoo," Hannemann said at the groundbreaking. "The orangutan home for Rusti and Violet, veterinary clinic, Keiki Zoo, learning center, and now the new entrance demonstrate the commitment we've made to ensuring the success of one of Honolulu's premier attractions for residents and visitors of all ages."