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Happy 12th Birthday, Namaste (Oct. 2)

Namaste at the Panaewa Zoo Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7


The white tiger Namaste will be celebrating his 12th birthday Saturday, Oct. 2 at his home in Panaewa Zoo.

He receives his birthday cake, made of ice and bones, at 9 a.m., and will have a special birthday dinner at 3:30 p.m.

It’s a free event. His non-animal friends can celebrate with free birthday cake and ice cream. Hot dogs, shave ice and cold drinks will also be available for purchase. There will be games, crafts, face painting, a visit with Terry the Tiger, and more.

Visitors can take a photo with a life-sized plush white tiger at the Zoo Information Booth, and the Petting Zoo will be open.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Panaewa Zoo, a nonprofit corporation which supports and promotes the zoo. Funds raised at events contribute to the acquisition and care of zoo animals and for improvements at the zoo.

The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens hours are 9am to 4pm daily. No admission is charged.

For further information contact the Friends’ Zoo Gift Shop at 959-9233.


9 a.m.-noon – Terry the Tiger

All day – Keiki crafts, face painting, treasure chest game, fishing game. Keiki recyling game with Linda Peters, Hawaii County Recycling Department

9 a.m. – Namaste receives his birthday ice cake

10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Keiki ID program, County Prosecutors office

10 a.m. – Namaste receives his catnip pillow, courtesy of Meowie Wowie and Lani from the Zoo gift shop

10:30-11 a.m. – Aikido of Hilo

11-11:45 a.m. – Young Music Studio featuring the Orchid Isle Youth and Community Orchestra and Malamalama Waldorf School students

Noon-1 p.m. – birthday cake courtesy of KTA and ice cream, courtesy of the Pint Size Corporation

1-2 p.m. – Kaimu Awa Band

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Petting Zoo

3:30 p.m. – Namaste receives his birthday cake and dinner, courtesy of Kulana Foods

Barring any emergencies, the fire department will be onsite with a fire engine and crew.

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