Located at the eastern end of Waikiki is Honolulu Zoo, home of nearly 1,000 animals, exotic plants, two-dozen endangered species and much more. Here’s why Honolulu Zoo is a very popular stop for passengers on the Waikiki Trolley Green Line:
- The zoo features 42 acres of animal exhibits, strolling paths and grassy areas, perfect for picnics and afternoon naps. When you’re ready for sand and surf, Waikiki Beach is right across the street!
- Want to see endangered species up-close? Honolulu Zoo features Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, ring-tailed lemurs, tortoises and terrapins, and several species of birds. There are more than two-dozen endangered species at this zoo.
Asian elephants are among the endangered species at Honolulu Zoo. PHOTO SOURCE: Honolulu Zoo
- Traveling with children? The zoo has a spacious playground and a “Keiki Zoo,” which is a miniature zoo with interactive exhibits just for little ones.
- Stroll through the botanical garden featuring plants that are native to Hawaii, or that are significant to Polynesian culture. You’ll find kukui nut trees and noni plants among the exotic displays.
Honolulu Zoo has botanical gardens with tropic plants, such as this mango tree. PHOTO SOURCE: Honolulu Zoo
- When you’re hungry, visit the zoo’s outdoor restaurant, selling pizzas, chicken tenders, hamburgers, fresh fruits and chilled non-alcoholic drinks. Local snacks such as Spam musubi and shave ice are available, too.
- The souvenir shop is a fun place to visit. You’ll find everything from animal-themed clothing, and stationery and jewelry, to hundreds of toys and games for children.
Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop at Honolulu Zoo for animal-themed clothing, toys, games and more.
7. Honolulu Zoo is more than a menagerie – it’s a piece of Hawaii’s royal history. In 1876, King David Kalakaua gifted 300 acres of land to the Kapiolani Park Association. By 1914, administrators began gathering animals around the world for exhibition.
8. What you see today reflects decades of hard work and compassion for animals. We invite you to visit one of Honolulu’s favorite attractions – Honolulu Zoo! Ride the Waikiki Trolley Green Line and get off at Stop 4, Honolulu Zoo/Kapiolani Park.
Address: 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Transportation: Ride Waikiki Trolley Green Line and get off at Honolulu Zoo/Kapiolani Park (Stop 4).