Honolulu Zoo

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Camp Menehune Honolulu, HI N/A Rating: 4.6 (53) Info & Tickets
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Camp Wildlife Koa's Honolulu, HI N/A - Info & Tickets
Boo in the Zoo Honolulu, HI N/A - Info & Tickets
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Dinner Safari Honolulu, HI N/A - Info & Tickets
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The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo within a radius of 2,392 miles. It is also the only zoo in the United States that originated in a King’s grant of royal lands to the people. In 1876, King David Kalakaua, Monarch of Hawai‘i, made lands of the Leahi Crown Holdings available, "to the people of Hawai‘i."

The 300 acre parcel was primarily a marshland of old fish ponds, lagoons and islands. In 1877, it was officially opened as Queen Kapiolani Park. Appointed Park Association members developed the unpromising land with the help of royal subsidies to display the King’s private bird collection and to feature a horseracing track.

Honolulu Zoo Mission

The mission of the Honolulu Zoo is to inspire the stewardship of our living world by providing meaningful experiences to our guests. The Zoo emphasizes Pacific Tropical ecosystems and our traditional values of malama (caring) and ho’okipa (hospitality).

Honolulu Zoo Society Mission

The Honolulu Zoological Society’s mission is to foster an appreciation of our living world by supporting and advocating environmental education, recreation, biological study and conservation activities at the Honolulu Zoo.
48 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
 
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 4
Awesome Experience!
Mon, Aug 10  8:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
 
Attended: Camp Menehune
 
This program helped to enrich my child's summer. He is age 4 and loved going each day. Never complained about anything. It was fun and educational.
Rating: 5
My son can't wait to come back next year!
Mon, Aug 10  8:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
Attended: Camp Menehune
 
Thanks so much for having us this summer at the camp. Marcus is an animal lover and he had such a great time at the camp. He loves the activities, the art work, and all the great friends he made there. Each morning he would ask me if he could go back to the zoo. The instructors are extremely sweet and helpful, they treated us all like family.. my son was sad to know that he would not return until next year but we would definitely sign up again. Mahalo for such a fun summer for our son.
Rating: 4
Great Intersession Option
Mon, Aug 3  8:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
Attended: Camp Menehune
 
I signed my 5 and 4 year old for 1-week at Camp Menehune. They had a great time and learned a few facts about the animals, which impressed me. The experience was mostly positive. The only negative thing is the limited pick up time. The boys had to miss their activities on M and W because we couldn't pick them up earlier than 4pm.
Rating: 3
Menehune Zoo Camp
Mon, Jul 27  8:00 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
Attended: Camp Menehune
 
My 4 year old daughter was happy to be dropped off at zoo camp every morning, and seemed happy when I picked her up in the afternoon, but based on my conversations with her, I believe she was watching a movie everyday (Nemo, Madagascar, A Bug's Life), and wasn't exposed to many animals at the zoo. I think I had expectations that she would get a behind the scenes experience at the zoo where she would be able to feed animals, pet them, learn interesting facts about them, etc, but I don't believe she was able to do those kinds of things.

I think the staff were caring and made the kids comfortable and kept them safe, which was the most important thing for me, but I'm a little disappointed with the activities the kids were exposed to. I would consider sending my daughter back to zoo camp if we had difficulty getting into another program, but it wouldn't be the first on my list of places to send her to to get an educational experience during a school break.
Rating: 3
Parents In the Dark But Kids Seem Happy
Mon, Jul 20  8:00 AM Unspecified 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
Attended: Camp Menehune
 
My 5-year-old has done lots of programs including preschool, two summer camps, group music classes, swim instruction, ballet, hula and art lessons. We like to expose her little mind. We have a decent foundation to compare zoo camp to other programs.

MENEHUNE CAMP seemed like a good fit for our child. She loves animals and is familiar with Honolulu Zoo. We heard good feedback from other parents about the program. And the $40-$50 a day is comparable to other programs.

POSITIVES: Good location with fresh air and wide open spaces; Reputable program with no history of teacher scandals/badly injured kids/wild animal escapes; The option for zoo-member parents and younger siblings to roam the zoo while their kids are in camp; Diversity of kids from Hawaii, the US Mainland and Japan (tourists); Kids who seem happy when released from the gates; Arts and crafts and water play.

NEGATIVES: Lack of communication with parents (not even a "tentative daily schedule," as we like to prepare our daughter in advance, telling her what she might do that day); Processed sugary snacks (kids don't have the option of bringing their own healthy snacks from home, and we were appalled at the JUNK FOOD the kids ate daily like Goldfish, Cheez-Its, artificially flavored, can't-prounounce-the-ingredients-colored gummy snacks); Finally, DVD watching! The 4- and 5-year-old kids watched DVDs daily, sometimes up to two movies per day; Tired teachers/counselors (Perhaps we were in the wrong week and teachers were already burned out by the end of Zoo Camp; seriously, on the first day of our camp experience, none of the counselors SMILED at kids checking in for the first time; the check-in process seemed almost Spartan and militaristic; come on, show some love to these preschoolers! If you're stressed out from the check-in process, then provide more online information so parents aren't bombarding you with questions; for the record, we called zoo camp beforehand to get questions out of the way.).

Of course, the kids didn't watch DVDs all day long. They did walk around the zoo to visit animals, and staff members brought small caged animals to the kids. But it doesn't sound like the animal encounters were a major part of the daily schedule. The kids did arts and crafts daily, played on the playground and ended the week with water play.

My daughter and her friends enjoyed the counselors/teachers. The kids talked about chasing certain counselors around the playground and playing with the teachers. I would like to think that after the gates shut and parents left, counselors/teachers weren't as stressed and were playful - you know, summer camp counselor-like!

I also appreciate that the kids wore brightly colored vests to avoid straying. Safety and security seem to be a high priority at zoo camp. For $40 a day, that's a good thing.
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