We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-959-7224
Website
Today
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 342 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 128
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Something Different to do in Hilo

This is one of those hidden jewels in Hilo. Beautiful gardens mixed with a small zoo. Admission is free but they gladly accept donations. Not a big zoo, but enough variety to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Robert C
,
Ogden, United States
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

342 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 329: English reviews
Ogden, United States
Level Contributor
43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of those hidden jewels in Hilo. Beautiful gardens mixed with a small zoo. Admission is free but they gladly accept donations. Not a big zoo, but enough variety to make it interesting. Plan on at least an hour, with children 2 hours. They have a small playground that they can burn off energy on. Exhibits were clean... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert C
Kihei, Hawaii
Level Contributor
39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no zoo where we live and so for our kids this was pretty neat. This is a FREE attraction, though please do leave a donation. Keeping in mind that it is free, you can hardly compare it with expensive zoos on the mainland. Nonetheless, it had a good variety of birds, monkeys etc. we particularly liked the two... More 

Helpful?
Thank mauioceanview
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at this zoo on a whim and could not believe the little gem that we stumbled on. We are coming back in a few months with our grand kids and this will be on the list, for sure. Being from Seattle near the Woodland Park Zoo, I didnt expect to be wooed, but this is just enough different... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kay B
Boise, Idaho, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the Zoo itself was clean and very pretty, I was disturbed by the way some of the animals were acting. There was a money slamming stuff into the ground and running all over the place. He seemed frustrated. There were many animals that were alone and seemed lonely. One of the ducks was hurt badly and limping, yet we... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alison R
McMinnville, Oregon
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This is not really a zoo, more of a collection of nice animals. It's a beautiful place to take your children to see animals and it's free. Bonus is the fantastic playground and you can bring in your own food.

Helpful?
1 Thank oliviasmom2016
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great Zoo, very clean and well run. White Bengal Tiger was beautiful. No charge for admission can you believe it? Donations are accepted. Well worth your time!

Helpful?
Thank Karin R
Tucson, AZ
Level Contributor
111 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is free, donations are asked for. Went to see White tiger, how amazing and beautiful. Has sibling tiger in same enclosure. Many exhibits, monkeys, alligators, birds. The Zoo is about 5 miles from downtown Hilo.

Helpful?
Thank TucsonTraveller2
Wisconsin
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something to do while we are in the Hilo area and found this great little zoo. We were very impressed with the animals and layout of the zoo. We also liked the entrance fee which was zero dollars!

Helpful?
1 Thank John P
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I loved this zoo. It's the perfect size to walk around. You can tell that the people working there love it. Even the groundskeepers say hello and give you history of the animals. There are tons of turtles, birds, moneys and two stunning tigers. It's free to get in. We made sure to buy something at the gift shop to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kathleen F
Ottawa, ON
Level Contributor
248 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This property includes an extensive selection of animals mostly native to Hawaii but also species that have been gifted most notably two tigers one being Siberian. The various animal enclosures are set among beautiful gardens featuring native flowers plants. Entrance is free but a donation is appreciated. There are clean restrooms and a gift shop on the property. This attraction... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dennis B

Travellers who viewed Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens also viewed

 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Greenville, South Carolina
1 month ago
Bluffton, South Carolina
1 month ago
Calgary, Canada
El Sobrante, California
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?