Enjoy a taste of Hawaii and the thrill of the Night Zoo at the Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens
In August, the Higashiyama Botanical Garden will hold a massive Hawaiian festival. The Super Hawaiian Night is actually four days of food, music, dancing and more fun, coinciding with the popular Night Zoo event where you can experience the zoo when all the nocturnal animals come out.
First and foremost Super Hawaiian Night features LOTS of Hawaiian music and dancing. Hawaiian dance and music have deep meanings, many of which come from nature and connect people to it. 1000 ukulele players and hula dancers will perform at both stages during the event. Yuki Alani Yamauchi, a famous ukulele player, will perform on Aug 13th.
Real Hawaiian flowers are another big part of this event.The stage will be decorated with lights and rare Hawaiian flowers, which will also be available for sale. In addition there will be seminars where you can learn how to grow and look after flowers.
And of course there will be plenty of food. There will be food trucks selling Hawaiian food and drinks, which you can drink in a “beer garden” atmosphere at tables set up by the pool. Enjoy eating and drinking while listening to Hawaiian music.
If you want to dine in, the upscale Garden Terrace Higashiyama restaurant will be offering a “Super Hawaiian Plate” for ¥2,500. It includes dinner and your choice of a beer or soft drink. It’s a gorgeous restaurant with the best view of the pool and the stage. The poolside restaurant is open late during the Night Zoo season.
Hawaiian Super Night coincides with the wildly popular Night Zoo event which takes place August 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12 and 13th. The zoo and the botanical gardens are connected so entry to the park allows you entry to both the Super Hawaiian night as well as the Night Zoo. The Night Zoo is a really fun chance to see the animals after hours and some of them are even lit up with special illuminations. Zookeepers will be on hand to give talks as well.