WAIKIKI -- Sure, the beach is the big draw on Oahu. But why not
make the Honolulu Zoo part of the vacation itinerary, too?
Located in the heart of Waikiki, it's within walking distance of
nearly all hotels. Kids love it, it doesn't cost much to get in,
and while it certainly isn't the San Diego Zoo, it offers a respite
from the constant activity beyond its borders.
The zoo, located on a 42-acre site at the corner of Kapahulu and
Kalakaua avenues, opened in 1915 at a different site, moving to its
current location in 1948.
A stroll along the zoo's meandering asphalt path would be
pleasant even if animals didn't populate the park. But inside the
attraction, you'll find lush foliage, uncrowded walkways and
Flamingos are the first animals to greet you. Stroll to the
right, and you'll find elephants and various species of
The reptile house has lizards and several large snakes -- the
only ones in Hawaii; none exists in the wild on the islands.
Other highlights include giant tortoises and giraffes and zebras
that wander the 10-acre African savannah area. An aviary with
native birds is a peaceful place to rest and observe.
Don't miss the children's petting area, stocked mostly with farm
Fast food and shaved ice are available in the zoo, but it's more
fun to picnic on the grass in the shade of a banyan tree.
On summer evenings, local bands and other island entertainment
create a festive atmosphere.
The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Go early for the
best animal viewing.
Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children accompanied by a
Inquire about Zoo by Moonlight tours for a look at nocturnal
Arranging a meeting in Honolulu? Ask about overnight stays,
parties, behind-the-scenes tours, children's activities and private
For more information, call (808) 971-7195.
To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].