When you bring the kids on a Hawaiian vacation, it can be a real challenge to find evening, family-friendly entertainment. But, don’t despair—the Honolulu Zoo is here to help!

The venue is featuring a ten-week, after-hours family concert series called, the Wildest Show in Town. Hosted by Hawaii’s premier ukulele teacher, Ray Sakuma, the series is held every Wednesday night from June 3rd to August 5th.

It’s not just the music that’s enticing families to come to the Honolulu Zoo after-hours. Concert guests can enjoy special picnic fare for purchase as well as fun pre-concert family activities such as weekly animal-themed Keiki Koloring Contest, Conservation Station animal biofact display by volunteer Junior Leaders, and a Lego build, courtesy of Hawaii Lego Users Group.

Each night, children can enter a contest to win a ukulele at The Wildest Show in Town. Courtesy: HONOLULU Family/Ashley de Coligny

A mini-guided tour will also be offered for the first 30 people to sign up. In addition, Roy Sakuma will conduct a drawing before every concert that will give keiki (ages 6-12) a chance to win a Kala soprano ukulele. Adults can also enter to win for ukuleles generously donated by KoAloha, Kamaka, Kala, Ko’olau Pono and Kanilea Islander. No purchase necessary to enter drawing.

“Now in its 27th year, our concerts truly are the Wildest Show in Town and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Honolulu Zoo during the evening while listening to some of Hawaii’s best musical performers,” said Honolulu Zoo Society President Jason Ito. “We extend our sincerest mahalo to our title sponsor, Bank of Hawaii, as our concerts wouldn’t be possible without their generous support.”

The Wildest Show in Town is designed for families with children. Courtesy: HONOLULU Family/Ashley de Coligny

Here’s a schedule of performers at this year’s The Wildest Show in Town:

  • Wednesday, June 12 – Kapena
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Roy Sakuma and His Super Keiki
  • Wednesday, June 26 – The Dukes of Surf
  • Wednesday, July 3 – Holunape
  • Wednesday, July 10 – Manoa DNA
  • Wednesday, July 17 – Ohta San and Nando Suan/ Plus ukulele groups from around the world!
  • Wednesday, July 24 – Rolando Sanchez and Salsa Hawaii
  • Wednesday, July 31 – Nelly and Daniel Baduria
  • Wednesday, August 7 – Jimmy Borges and His Jazz All Stars
  • Wednesday, August 14 – Na Leo Pilimehana

Participation fee is $3 per person for ages two and over. All participation fee proceeds go to the Honolulu Zoo Society. Food and beverages will be sold separately at a nominal fee. Pre-order bentos will also be available (808-729-1002). Zoo gates will open at 4:35 p.m. and the concert will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Zoo exhibits will be closed from 5:30 p.m.

For more information call (808) 926-3191 or visit www.honoluluzoo.org/wild


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