honolulu zoo

Trashing the Islands, Kauai; Surf & Space; Changes at the Police Commission; Honolulu Zoo Accreditation; Lei Day Celebrations

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A city audit of the Honolulu Zoo found a discrepancy of more than $650,000 in its finances, along with other problems. But city officials say the audit's findings are "dated" and changes have already been made.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Today, we take a trip to the Honolulu Zoo. Its accreditation is up in the air. Its revolving door of zoo directors has been part of its problem. Funding is the other. Its location in Waikiki has long been debated. Today we look back at its history as we look toward its future. The zoo opened its doors in 1915. It  marks its 105th anniversary next year, as a national accreditation team comes to visit. We asked a number of people familiar with its past and present to join us in our studio for a roundtable discussion. The spark for this show was a book about the zoo’s history compiled by the late Paul Breese - the longest serving zoo director in its history. He died a year ago. In our studio we had:

  • Jean DeMercer-Breese. She along with her late husband co-authored and self-published book The HONOLULU ZOO Waikiki’s Wildlife Treasure 1915-2015. She lives in North Kohala on the Big Island;
  • Ken Redman, who retired from the Honolulu Zoo as the second longest serving director; 
  • Marlee Breese, who serves on the board of the Honolulu Zoo Society and happens to be Paul’s daughter. 

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The Honolulu Zoo is still moving toward regaining the accreditation it lost from the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2016.

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  It’s coming up on two weeks since a storm downed trees in Waikiki including one at the Honolulu Zoo which allowed two rare birds to fly the coop. Zoo staff were able to lure one of two African Ground Hornbill birds back to safety-- Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos joins us live with an update.

The Conversation: Monday, October 9th, 2017

Oct 9, 2017
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‘SlutWalk’ Comes to Honolulu; Disaster Preparedness; City Crackdown on Rentals

What's The Future of the Honolulu Zoo?

Nov 23, 2016
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Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

2016 hasn’t been a great year for the Honolulu Zoo. The city-run facility lost its accreditation back in March and is now looking for its sixth zoo director since 2009. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

The Conversation: Monday, March 28th, 2016

Mar 28, 2016
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Honolulu Zoo; "As Time Goes By..."; Maui Organic Farming Initiative; Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival 

  Honolulu Zoo’s Loss of Accreditation: City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

The Honolulu Zoo has lost its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

courtesy of Emily Maxwell WCPO

    

Today on the statewide afternoon drive version of All Things Considered on HPR1, during this holiday that includes among the heaviest traveling in the United States, we learn more about the remarkable journey of Harapan, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, and his 10,000 mile, 53-hour trip from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence reports.