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Community service project at Panaewa Zoo

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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens are getting a little TLC.

East Hawaii Kiwanis Club, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Key Club, Kiwins, and Builders Club members from Hilo High, Hilo Intermediate, Waiakea High and Waiakea Intermediate schools plan a community service project Monday, Feb. 16 at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens.  

More than 100 volunteers will glove-up President’s Day for the volunteer community service landscaping project. Dan Connolly of Santa Clara, Calif., Kiwanis International’s District Governor representing California, Nevada and Hawaii, will chip in, too.  

Kiwanis Club members, including Kenoi, and the sponsored youth volunteers will be digging, planting, fertilizing, weeding and doing other chores on zoo grounds from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A luncheon in the zoo pavilion follows. 

The Kiwanis Club and its sponsored youth clubs have helped the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo since 2001 when club volunteers erected the building that houses the petting zoo, a project that won the Governor’s Kilohana Award for volunteerism. The club has returned three to four times a year to help landscape and maintain the zoo’s grounds.  

The 12-acre Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, said to be the only tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S., is located off Highway 11 between Hilo and Keaau.

— Find out more:

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens: www.hilozoo.com

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