Zoo School

May 6, 2014 | By Nicole Kato

The Honolulu Zoo plays home to many amazing creatures, and the establishment graciously offers guided tours along its 300-acre plot of land during the day so visitors can learn about animals more in depth.

Hale Mai tours started earlier this year in February, and people can expect to see various animals throughout the zoo.

“We started them [the tours] to provide the public with a formally guided tour during the day,” explains Athena Sparks, director of education at the Zoo. “People can expect to see various animals throughout the Zoo, [and] tour routes will vary.”


The tours provide valuable information that cannot necessarily be gleaned from reading descriptions next to the habitats, and having a professional guide enhances the experience.

Those interested in the tour can join the tour onsite at the main entrance on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. The fee is $5 per person, and keiki 4 and under can participate for free.

Entrance to The Honolulu Zoo is $14 for adults, $6 for children under 13, $8 for kama‘aina and military, $4 for kama‘aina and military children under 13. Children 2 and under get in free. The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; the ticket office closes at 4:30 p.m.

Honolulu Zoo
151 Kapahulu Ave. [C:12 Waikiki Map]
(808) 971-7171 www.honoluluzoo.org