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Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo featuring animals and zoo animals

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

The colorful flamingos welcome you as soon as you enter the grounds of the Honolulu Zoo. Nearby, over 160 other species of tropical birds also show off their bright plumage. Continue on for close encounters with impressive giant reptiles such as Komodo dragons, crocodiles and iguanas, before visiting the giraffes, meerkats, cheetahs and aardvarks.

The 42-acre (16-hectare) grounds of the Honolulu Zoo are divided into three main areas: the Tropical Forests, the Pacific Islands and the African Savannah. Within these areas you will see over 250 different mammal, reptile and bird species in areas designed to closely replicate their natural habitats. Keep an eye out for the nene, an endangered local goose, and the ancient-looking Galapagos tortoises. You won’t miss the Asian elephants in their large enclosure. Visit the Zoo Gardens to see some of the local flora and fauna of Hawaii.

If you are visiting with children, head to the central area of the zoo. This is where the popular “Keiki” (Children’s) Zoo is located. Kids can interact with a number of animals, including pot-bellied pigs, tortoises and llamas. Close by, you’ll find a playground and the ever-popular tiger enclosure.

The zoo allows you to bring in your own food and alcohol-free drinks, and you can also buy lunch at the Kapahulu Market, where a range of outlets serve options to suit every palette. If you buy a drink from here, you are entitled to free refills for the duration of your visit.

If you visit between June and August, the zoo can make for an attractive evening destination as well, as it hosts a popular concert series featuring local and international musicians. Check the website for a schedule of what’s on.

The Hololulu Zoo is located within Kapiolani Park, between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. It’s open daily, except Christmas. Admission is inexpensive, and its parking lot only charges a small amount per hour. There’s free parking at the Waikiki Shell stadium.

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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
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The price is ¥16,431 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Ala Wai Golf Course. ...
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥28,099 per night from May 2 to May 3
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,385 reviews)
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,875 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,431 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥28,099 per night from May 2 to May 3
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,875 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥30,140 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,337 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥29,622 per night from May 21 to May 22
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Hilton Waikiki Beach
4 out of 5
2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,986 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,258 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel
3 out of 5
2375 Ala Wai Blvd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥12,543 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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