The zoo concessionaire, Service Systems, is applying for a liquor license to sell beer and wine, but not hard liquor.
An Ewa Beach family with two young children in tow, was out to enjoy a day with the animals, was not pleased with the news about possible alcohol sales.
"I don’t think it’s a good idea to serve alcohol at a family friendly environment." said Ramona Lariosa. She brought up a recent brawl at a football game at the Aloha Stadium.
"When you come to zoo it's for families with little kids, not for adults for drinking like that,” said Jacob Achiu.
"Theres a time and place for those kinds of things and I don’t think the zoo is one of those places," said Cauri Achiu.
One couple visiting from Texas said they would welcome a cocktail if they were here later in the day.
"I think if you have an area where small children weren’t allowed it would be a good idea, a good fundraising idea. All zoos everywhere need money," said Jobie Irvine.
Others we talked to had mixed reactions.
“Sure, as long as it’s monitored well. But then, but then you'd kind of worrying about people driving home with the kids in the car, so that would be an issue too. I don't know I can kind of see both sides," said Rachel Piano-Pooley.
The city said alcohol sales are common at other zoos on the mainland.
A liquor license simply allows more flexibility for the vender in the case of special events.
Any group now who wants to use the zoo facilities and serve alcohol has to apply directly to the liquor commission, and that can take some time.
"We are sensitive to the issue of fights and drunkenness, but again we we are working with a vendor so these things don't happen at the zoo," said Enterprise Services Deputy Director Randy Leong.
Leong said the vendor plans on offering on locally brewed beers or fine wines along with more adult fare -- something other than hamburgers and corn dogs.
The parks watchdog group has yet to weigh in on the alcohol plan and wants to know more.
"Is alcohol within the zoo a park use, and does it serve thepark and park users? What does it do?” said Alethea Rebman, of the Kapiolani Park Preservation Trust.
The city said it has had no objections from the Waikiki and Diamond Head Neighborhood boards.
If the commission gives the nod to the sales, don’t expect to see changes right away.
The city says it may take some time to work out the additional restrictions it will require about when and how the alcohol will be served.