The Pana’ewa Zoo is located on the Big Island of Hawaii:
800 Stainback Highway
Hilo, HI 96720
Parking is Free
Basic tips for visitors to “Plan a Visit to the Zoo”
Our zoo is situated in a tropical rainforest and Hilo sometimes is known as the wet side of the island. Just count on the possibility of a shower and enjoy the lush rainforest that grows because of the rain.
Average temperatures in Hilo are between 70°F and 75°F (21 °C and 24 °C). August is the warmest month, and January the coolest. Temperatures here are always comfortable.
What to bring: The zoo is a fun place whether rain or shine so bring rain gear and sunscreen for everyone in your group.
ADA Accessible Options
Service Animal Policy: Concurrent with ADA regulations the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens does allow fully trained service animals into the Zoo. At this time we do not allow service animals in training. A patron wishing to enter the Zoo with a service animal must agree to be accompanied by a Zoo staff member or volunteer for the duration of their visit. Click here for Animal Service Policy and Signature Form.
Mobility Scooter Policy: A 48-hour advance reservation is required to ensure a Mobility Scooter is available for your use. Walk-ins may be accommodated if available. Click here for Mobility Scooter Policy and Signature Form.
Stop by and say hi to our Ring-tailed Lemurs!
Enjoy a family fun day at the zoo. Besides enjoying all of the animals the zoo also features covered pavilions for picnics and a playground for your keiki. Do you have a special event coming up like a birthday party or other celebration? What better place to enjoy your gathering than at the zoo! For information about renting a pavilion for an event please contact the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 961-8311.