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(Wednesday, November 18, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann and City officials broke ground this morning for a new entrance to the Honolulu Zoo.


The entrance is in keeping with the zoo master plan that calls for an entrance that is more visible and closer to the parking lot.  It will feature multiple ticket lines to accommodate visitors and a 2,000-square-foot gift shop.  The existing information kiosk at the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua avenues will be demolished and replaced with a low wall ground sign, identifying Kapiolani Park and the zoo.  Cost will be $3.26 million.


            The existing entrance, designed by noted island architect Alfred Preis, will be renovated at a later date.  The parking lot is slated for repaving in 2011, when the entrance is completed.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “This is another in a series of projects we’ve completed or begun for the Honolulu Zoo.  The orangutan home for Rusti and Violet, veterinary clinic, Keiki Zoo, learning center, and now the new entrance demonstrate the commitment we’ve made to ensuring the success of one of Honolulu’s premier attractions for residents and visitors of all ages.”





Bill Brennan, 768-6928