Honolulu Zoo


About Honolulu Zoo


The Honolulu Zoo is located in Waikiki Beach just next to Kapiolani Park and is a 42-acre facility. Parking for the zoo is located on Kapahulu Avenue and is only one dollar per hour. The Zoo is open from 9am to 4pm daily. Admission is not free. The zoo has over 1,230 animals who are all in specially designed habitats. Located within walking distance of the famous Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo is a great family activity with the beautiful Diamond Head Crater as a backdrop.


The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that originates from a Kings grant of royal lands to the people. The area where the Zoo resides now was opened as Queen Kapiolani Park in 1877. It wasnt quite a zoo then, but was popular for its exotic bird collection. Between 1914 and 1916 the administrator of Parks and Recreation, Ben Hollinger began collecting animals to exhibit in Kapiolani Park.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Accessible to all, convenient food, strollers, rest areas, picnic areas, special event areas, zootique giftshop.
  • Insider Tip: There are night programs almost every Friday and Saturday from 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Fun Fact: The Honolulu Zoo is home to more than 1,000 mammals, birds, and reptiles.
  • What to Expect: One big section of the zoo is dedicated to the African Savanna, there are sections dedicated to the different exhibits in the zoo including; a reptiles, birds, primates, elephants, and many others. There are also many animals representing the Hawaiian Isl