Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Closure Update

Construction at the zoo is steadily moving along.  It seems never ending as they jump from one section to another converting grassy landscaped yard into concrete sidewalks, ramps, and pads for picnic tables.  There will definitely be a ton of work and replanting to do to get the zoo back to the rainforest garden setting that it once was.  Hopefully, we will be able to safely reopen the zoo in early Spring.

Pam Mizuno
Pana’ewa Zoo Director


The animals will continue to be cared for by the zoo keepers, and zoo enrichment team members will keep the animals company. 


Friends of the Pana’ewa Zoo (FOZ) was formed in 1981 and received its nonprofit status in 1986.  FOZ promotes the Pana’ewa  Zoo, assists in providing for special zoo needs, and enhances the lives of the resident animals wherever possible without interfering with the operations of this municipal zoo, which is owned and operated by the County of Hawaii.

Friends of the Pana’ewa Zoo is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)3, Federal ID 99-0248039. Your donations are tax deductible.