Posts Tagged ‘Honolulu Zoo’

So what did the Kams do on this July 3 holiday you ask? We headed to one of Ensen’s favorite destinations – Honolulu  Zoo – with a couple of our friends (Araki and Nakamura clans) for some family fun. During a visit last year, we made a silly video starring Little E exploring the Keiki Zoo. This time around, we decided to let the real stars of the zoo – the animals…more specifically the monkeys – do the entertaining.

In the video above, you can see how they put on an hilarious show for the crowd, screaming, yelling, laughing, and swinging around liked crazed monkeys. In all the times we’ve been there, I can’t recall seeing them ever this active so it was a real treat. As for the photos below, those are our “little monkeys” (Lia in pink and Kenzie in white) having fun.

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Ensen and Lia checking out the monk seals at Waikiki Aquarium.

One of the great things about having a young child is rediscovering some of the great – and affordable – activities and attractions we enjoyed as kids growing up. Being from the Big Island, it was always a treat to come to Oahu to visit family. It also meant an opportunity to visit the zoo, aquarium, museums, and other fun stuff, things we didn’t have in Kona. On the other hand, Kelly grew up on Oahu and enjoyed these things on a much more regular basis.

But the bottom line is after we both got older, we lost touch with these great backyard treasures which have only gotten better with time. Now as parents, we’re relishing the opportunity to rediscover and explore Oahu’s great family activities and attractions with Ensen (now 20-months old). But more than that, many of our friends also have kids and are reconnecting like we are with childhood favorites. Exploring together as families makes the experience that much richer.

We recently visited the Waikiki Aquarium for the first time in years with my buddy Brad and his daughter Lia. Admission is just $9 for adults ($6 kamaaina) and kids under 4-years-old are free. It’s not the biggest aquarium, but it’s got a lot of cool stuff to explore. I put together this short tour of the facility. Can you name the marine animal in the last part of the video?

One of the coolest things about the Waikiki Aquarium is the Hawaiian Monk Seal feeding show. The trainers there are well educated and share the knowledge with park visitors several times throughout the day. I actually shot the entire show (10 minutes) which was one of the big highlights of our visit.

If you haven’t been to the aquarium in a while, I recommend you head back soon. Lot’s of fun and a great value. And while we’re on the subject, here are some other places we like that you may want to check out that are equally affordable and perfect for the family:

What are your favorite activities and attractions on Oahu that don’t break the bank? I’m always in search for more fun things to do with the family!

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After a failed attempt to get to Honolulu Zoo last weekend, the Kam family set the same course this morning with one thing in mind – get Ensen to the Keiki Zoo to play with the animals and have some fun. And boy did he ever!

Using our trusty Canon SD750 digital camera, I shot video like there was no tomorrow to document the day. Once we got home, I downloaded all the footage into iMovie and went to work. The video below received Kelly’s approval for publishing, so here goes nothing. Check out the look on Ensen’s face. This is what family, love, and life is all about! PRICELESS!

If you didn’t hear, Honolulu Zoo was recently named one of “America’s Best Zoos 2008” by The Intrepid Traveler. Today, the zoo was the happiest place in Hawaii for us and is definitely Kam family approved!

-NGK

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It’s official. The Kam family is now a member of the Honolulu Zoo and for good reasons:

  1. Membership is only $25 annually for two adults and six children.
  2. Admission is only $4 for kamaaina meaning it’s affordable for grandma, grandpa, aunties and uncles, and friends to come along.
  3. Ensen is so much more aware of his surroundings at 8.5 months old!
  4. Without question, the Honolulu Zoo is a great place for family fun!

So off we went to the zoo this past Saturday with Uncle Glen and Aunty Kim. It was the first time Kelly and I have been back since Ensen was born. The zoo today is much better than I remember it a couple years ago. There is a new Keiki Zoo area which is great for young kids (and old “kids”) with a petting zoo and lots of neat hands-on activities. The African Savannah is my favorite part of the zoo with monkeys, giraffes, antelopes, hippos, meerkats, and much more.

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Ensen thoroughly enjoyed himself, laughing and giggling at just about everything he saw. And after about two hours of walking around, we sat down on the lawn for a nice picnic under the sun. One of the great things about the zoo is that you can bring in your own food and beverages…sweet!!! Then, before we left, Uncle Glen and Aunty Kim bought Ensen a cute pineapple toy from the gift shop. Of all the things he could have picked out – a lion, tiger, snake – he picks a pineapple…go figure!

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This was a great way to start the weekend. The only way to finish an awesome day a the zoo was to visit Waiola Shave Ice (on Kapahulu Avenue) on the way home. Yummy!

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-NGK