Visit the Honolulu Zoo from your Oahu Timeshare

Head to Hawaii and visit the Zoo. Isn't that what everyone thinks about when they plan the perfect dream Hawaii vacation? Well, if you don't, you should! Rent an Oahu timeshare and take the entire family to the awesome Honolulu Zoo.

The perfect family outing, a trip to the Honolulu Zoo, will give everyone the chance to see special animals, and enjoy many unique activities. You can even pack a picnic in your timeshare kitchen to take along and enjoy in the zoo's beautiful picnic grounds.

The Honolulu Zoo is unique as being the only United States zoo that originated from a King's grant of royal lands to the people. King Kalakaua, who ruled Hawaii from 1874 to 1891, made the lands of the Leahi Land Holdings public in 1876. That year the Kapiolani Park Association was formed to administer the new 300-acre park. In 1877 the area was named after the King's wife and opened as Queen Kapiolani Park.

An animal collection began in 1914, and grew to eventually become the Honolulu Zoo. Today there are hundreds of animals on exhibit that include everything from kinkajous (see photo at right) to hyenas, from the Hawaiian Bat to the Komodo Dragon (see photo above left), not to mention the lions, tigers and elephants, oh, my! The Children's Zoo offers keikis (children) the opportunity to have hands-on fun with such animals as pot-bellied pigs, hedgehogs and a red-footed tortoise.

In addition to the animals the Honolulu Zoo offers many amazing activities that are fun for the entire family:

Dinner Safari - An evening of tours and delicious food, the program starts at 6pm and ends at 10pm. You'll explore the zoo first at twilight, then after dark with red-filter flashlights.

Snooze in the Zoo - Pitch your tent or sleep out under the stars. Either way you'll be snoozing with lions and snoring with warthogs. You're adventure starts with a buffet dinner, continues with a guided walking tour of the zoo after dark, and the evening ends with s'mores around a campfire. Sleep - if you can in such an exciting place - until 9:30 in the morning.

Breakfast with a Keeper - Here you'll have in-depth behind the scenes tour of one of the zoo's featured animals, accompanied by a buffet breakfast. The program occurs several times throughout the year and the featured animal changes with each program.

Star Gazing at the Zoo - This is the Honolulu Zoo's newest education program, where you'll learn about many of the animals "out of this world and down to earth!" as well as exploring the night sky above Hawaii with astronomers from the University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy.
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