Honolulu Zoo

In Waikiki, just across the street from the world’s most famous beach, the Honolulu Zoo welcomes visitors from around the globe. It’s full of tropical animals and plants, many of them rare, endangered, or extinct in the wild. Dave snapped lots of great shots during our visit last month.

Water lily at entrance to the Honolulu ZooGharial, or fish-eating crocodile, native to South AsiaVanda hybrid

The zoo includes an orchid garden maintained by the members of the Kaimuki Orchid Society. It’s an addition worthy of the zoo’s royal origins. Hawaiian King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani donated royal lands to the public in 1876 to create the zoo and adjacent park.

Cattleya hybrid in the Orchid GardenBrassavola in the Orchid GardenOncidium in the Orchid Garden

Along with the orchid garden, the zoo includes orchids throughout its grounds. The purple Spathoglottis in the middle photo below was blooming near the primate exhibits. We saw many warm growers like Vandas, Dendrobiums, and Cattleyas among the tropical foliage.

MeerkatSpathoglottis, or Philippine Ground OrchidRoyal Starling

The Honolulu Zoo’s other gardens are full of heliconias, bananas, tropical trees, native Hawaiian plants, and flora from other Polynesian islands. Visit the Honolulu Zoo and enjoy its great collection of orchids and animals in lush, green splendor.

CheetahBird of Paradise flowerColorful bark of a Mindanao Gum Tree

Explore posts in the same categories: Photos, Warm Growers

Subscribe to the About Orchids Blog:
AddThis Feed Button

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

6 Comments on “Honolulu Zoo”

  1. dc_geoff Says:

    Great teeth on that gator! I would like to know if the guests at Waikiki know he is so close to the beach 😉

  2. dcalderone23 Says:

    Beautiful! Luv ur pics. The heart-shaped flower is the best!

  3. G. Adams Says:

    So beautiful! Gorgeous photos! My favorite is the pink vanda with the light coming through it.

  4. Rachel Says:

    Hello again..it seems to me my phals my be in overdrive..they are constantly killing off new blooms and sprouting off new flower spikes, I now have a new flower spike coming from an existing new flower spike, literally where the bloom would come in. Could this be due to extreme cold night time temperatures???? Also a few leaves have started to turn dark purple (I assume this is from to much light) also when I water them, should I soak them in room temperature water avoiding the base of the flower, or allow the water to run through freely for 30 min, also if your answer is to let the water run freely advise me of your best method??? Thanks I’m very worried about my flowers, I feel like to much is happening I do not want them to die..also I have a few brown spottie areas on just a couple roots, is this disease or dying root? Thanks Rachel

  5. Marc Says:

    Hi Rachel. It’s possible that cool nighttime temps are causing the buds to fail. It’s also possible that it’s caused by too much light or dry air. Phals shouldn’t go below 65°F (18°C) at night. Move them into shadier conditions so the leaves lose some of their purple color, and be sure to provide good humidity.

    Soaking the plants is fine, and there’s no need to keep them in running water. It’s normal for old roots to die, so as long the new roots seem happy, don’t worry about that.

  6. Iseul Park Says:

    Super good! Please keep up the good work. Nice to see in addition to shopping there is a good zoo in Waikiki.