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Honolulu Zoo

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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Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach ¥14,073
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach ¥29,884
    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

    2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International Market Place and Honolulu Zoo are also within 10 minutes.

      Hilton Waikiki Beach ¥15,837
      Hilton Waikiki Beach

      Hilton Waikiki Beach

      2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo. Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Wai Golf Course are also within 15 minutes.

        Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort ¥24,878
        Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

        Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

        2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk are also within 10 minutes.

          Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel ¥14,141
          Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

          Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

          2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Ala Wai Golf Course and Ala Moana Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa ¥24,878
            Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

            Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

            2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and International Market Place are also within 10 minutes.

              Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort ¥16,488
              Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

              Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

              2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Park Shore Waikiki ¥14,520
                Park Shore Waikiki

                Park Shore Waikiki

                2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in a shopping district and within a 5-minute walk of Sans Souci Beach and Honolulu Zoo. Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.