Exploring the past,

planting seeds for the future.








Soon your family, class, or group can discover the beauty of unspoiled nature, the rich cultural history of our islands and an appreciation of caring for the ‘aina with your own hands at the
Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest.


About the Project:

The Discovery Forest is designed to represent natural systems, creating a scene of Hawai‘i before the arrival of humans and demonstrating culturally significant plant and tree species that once grew near traditional shoreline villages of O‘ahu. This replication of coastal ecosystems is providing a habitat for Hawaiian plants, birds, and invertebrates, while reconnecting urban visitors with the Hawai‘ian forest.The project is benefiting an estimated 700,000 visitors per year to the zoo.

Your Partnership:

Currently, we are seeking to raise support that will allow us to complete the construction of Phase II of this exciting project. We are currently seeking to build dynamic community partnerships that will help bring this phase of the project to fruition. There are a variety of ways in which individuals, community groups, local businesses and educators can be a part of bringing the Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest to life in the heart of the city.










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Project Funders:

DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife and USDA Forest Service through Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Natural Resources Program
Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation
Cooke Foundation
Atherton Family Foundation
Pettus Foundation
Dept. of Community Services, City & County of Honolulu
In-kind Donors:
Halli’s Hawaiian Food
Leland Miyano
Side Street Inn
PBR Hawaii
Waiahole Botanicals
Waiahole Nursery and Garden Center
Green Field Nursery
Native Plant Source
Sharon’s Nursery
Hui Ku Maoli Nursery
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Waimea Valley Board of Water Supply
Halawa Xeriscape Garden

Learn more at http://www.hawaiiforestinstitute.org/our-projects/honolulu-zoo-discovery-forest/