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The islands of Hawaii are as close to a suburb of Paradise anywhere on earth. Located in the Waikiki Area of Honolulu, the city's aquarium and zoo were located less than a kilometer from my hotel. On an afternoon when I was finished with proceedings of the conference I had been attending, I visited the aquarium and the zoo, lugging heavy camera equipment. The flamingos feasting on shrimp were the predators, but just a few meters away and unknown to them were a small pride of lions.

According to Wikipedia, the Honolulu Zoo is a 42-acre (17 hectar) zoo located in Queen Kapiʻolani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch and is built on part of the 300 acres (121 ha) royal Queen Kapiʻolani Park. The Honolulu Zoo now features over 1,230 animals in specially designed habitats.

In 1876, King Kalākaua made royal lands near the slopes of Lē‘ahi available for the establishment of a grand public park for the people of his kingdom. Two hundred subscribers to the king's project formed the Kapiʻolani Park Association for the purpose of pursuing the mission. In 1877, the marshes, ponds and lagoons in the area were beautified and it was opened as Queen Kapiʻolani Park in honor of Queen Kapiʻolani, wife of Kalākaua.
Even as a public park, King Kalākaua continued using the park as a place for his personal collection of exotic birds and horses. The park brought more exotic animals as it staged the Kamehameha Day celebrations and various carnivals and fairs.

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