Zoo lights have been lit up to mark the end of the season, with thousands of visitors heading to the zoo in Hawaii for the annual Hawaiian Zoo Lights ceremony.
The ceremony takes place on Saturday and the lights will go out at 5:30pm local time.
Zoo director Scott Mays said the ceremony would celebrate the contributions of all the animals and people that have made Hawaii a better place.
“It’s a time to celebrate our animals, to celebrate the work we’re doing, and to celebrate that we have a really amazing community,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone is going to want to leave.”
The event is a collaboration between the zoo, the county of Hawaii, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the county’s tourism board.
“We’re going to be looking forward to seeing you, our guests, and seeing you all together,” Mays told the crowd.
The lighting ceremony will take place in the zoo’s Visitor Center.
There will also be food and drink specials for zoo visitors, including a $1.50 zoo gift card for the 2018 season.
To help raise money for the zoo and the island, Mays has set up a Facebook page to help raise awareness for the project.
People can sign up to receive updates on the lighting project via the Facebook page, and those who donate will receive a gift card to the 2018 zoo season.
The event, which lasts until 2:30am, will feature performances by Hawaiian pop group ZZ Top and local musicians.
This year, ZZ top is bringing their own special guests to the event, including vocalist-songwriter Lisa Ramey, who performs for the first time at the event.
“We have such a wonderful group of musicians,” Mows said.
“They’re very much into the theme of our celebration, and we wanted to put that to the test.
They really have done an incredible job.”