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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the city has completed construction of the new Hale 'Imi 'Ike Learning Center at the Honolulu Zoo, which includes a classroom, reading area and space for multi-media presentations.


“This Learning Center is a wonderful new addition to our zoo, and will be a great resource for teaching future generations about our animal friends and how we care for them,” Mayor Hannemann said.


The 2,800 square foot Hale 'Imi 'Ike (House for Seeking Knowledge) Learning Center has seating for up to 50 people, makes extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation, and is furnished with a photovoltaic system to reduce energy consumption.


The new facility, located adjacent to the Keiki Zoo, will primarily provide space for Honolulu Zoo Society education programs, which include:


·        Vacation Adventures, a week-long camp held during school breaks in the summer, fall, winter and spring. The program provides children ages 6 to 11 with the chance to learn all about the animals at the zoo.

·        School groups, for sit-down education presentations such as “Animals A to Z,” which teaches about animal classifications, and “What’s for Lunch?” which teaches about the distinctions between animal carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

·        Dinner Safari, with biofact presentations that include animal bones, skins, feathers and eggs.

·        Strollers toddler program.

·        Snooze in the Zoo, an overnight program.


The Honolulu Zoo Society will help furnish the classroom’s interior. The classroom will also be used for volunteer orientations, volunteer talks, educational open house events on weekends, an evening lecture series, and zoo staff meetings and training sessions.


The project’s total cost was $1,574,000, including $1,424,500 for construction and $150,000 for design work.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928.