Mayor Kenoi to Join in Community Service at Panaewa Zoo

Media Release

WHO: 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.

WHAT: Community Service Project

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, February 16 (Presidents Day)

WHERE: Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens (

Mayor Billy Kenoi will celebrate Presidents Day on Monday with the East Hawaii Kiwanis Club and more than one hundred members of the club’s sponsored youth programs in a volunteer community service landscaping project at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens.

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 in 2001. Since then the club has returned three to four times a year to help landscape and maintain the zoo’s grounds.

Kiwanis Club members 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. on Monday, February 16, 2009, which is Presidents Day, a federal holiday. A luncheon in the Zoo pavilion will follow. Mayor Kenoi is a member of the Kiwanis Club, an international organization of community volunteers that emphasizes service to children and youth.

Also participating in Monday’s community service project will be Dan Connolly of Santa Clara, California, Kiwanis International’s District Governor representing California, Nevada and Hawaii.

The County’s Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States, located on a 12-acre, site located just off Highway 11 between Hilo and Keaau.

One Response

  1. Now that is what I call good use of a politician’s time! I think I may go help too. Great idea.

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